Chester brought a big contingent of supporters to the Tarmac Silverlands (Saturday September 24th) and they were vocal in their support throughout, but out-shouted by the loyal Buxton fans, who combined with the visitors to produce the biggest home crowd of the season, 1,217.
For all the energy, on and off the field, the game ended 0-0, a hard-worked point for both sides. Chester, full-time professionals, edged the first half. The Bucks grew into the second period and might have snatched all three points, but for a world-class save by Harry Tyrer, on loan at Chester from Premiership Everton. Theo Richardson in the Buxton goal made an even better stop of his own three minutes from time. Match Report HERE
Manager Jamie Vermiglio thought it was two points lost, considering the improved second half. "We made some poor decisions in the final third of the pitch and didn't work their keeper enough. We should have put them under more pressure.
"We've got some fantastic players here, but things are not quite falling for us yet. We're not turning the screw. The positives are that we kept a clean sheet, limiting the opposition and the lads worked non-stop, determined to be first to the ball. The fans were fully behind us and that's a big help. It's an extra push for us."
Skipper Sean Newton was named man of the match by the game's sponsors, Richard Lane Transport of Tideswell.
Next at the Tarmac Silverlands are fourth-placed Kidderminster Harriers, known for their possession football, Tuesday evening, 7.45pm kick-off.