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An outstanding 3-1 win at home to Brackley Town on Saturday (April 22nd) lifted Buxton into play-off spot seventh place in the Vanarama National League North.

Three points separate Alfreton Town in fourth and Spennymoor Town in twelfth and if the Bucks win at high-flying Chester next Saturday and any of the other promotion contenders slip up, the season will end with the chance to reach the next level of football's pyramid, one step away from the EFL.

It was an exhilarating performance on Saturday, with first-half goals from Joe Ackroyd, Diego De Girolamo and Connor Kirby, another Diego strike into the net disallowed for handball and several more chances, stopped, cleared, or only just wide.

Brackley had pulled one back on the stroke of half-time and the second period was calmer, but the Bucks continued to create openings, with the good-footballing visitors testing the home defence and making it a highly entertaining game for the big crowd. Full Match Report HERE

Bucks' team manager Craig Elliott said: "Brackley are an excellent team but we pressed them to death in the first half and it was the best we've played since I've arrived. Second half saw us create two or three more chances to improve on a great result.

"Coming in, it was all about avoiding relegation. Now look at us. This is what we've been working hard for and it's a terrific week ahead. We'll train hard and be ready against third-placed Chester. We want our fans there, please, to give us as much support as possible."

The last match of the regular season at Chester FC on Saturday kicks off at 3pm. Prior to the emergence of a new set-up in 2010, Chester were a Football League side for 70 years from the 1930/31 competition and after relegation returned for another five seasons in 2004.


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