The Bucks needed penalties to see off a hard-working Marske United side on Tuesday night to reach the semi-finals of the Integro League Cup. 3 changes were made to the side that had drawn with Stalybridge last time out with Gee, Grayson and Oyibo replacing McGee, James Dean and Coppin and 3 players, Diego, Pritchard and Taylor, were returning from injury on the bench.
The Bucks got off to the perfect start with Brad Grayson netting from 18 yards in the 1st minute but the visitors deservedly went in level at the break with Butterworth matching Grayson's effort from the edge of the box on 42 minutes.
The second half was played in a downpour which made handling for the keepers very tricky and the Bucks restored their lead on 65 minutes when Tom Dean capitalised on a fumble from Mewitt in the Marske goal. Substitute Diego De Girolamo (Pictured) looked to have eased the Bucks passage into the semi's with a sublime finish on 71 minutes but Alastair Taylor, on in the 1st half for the injured Gary Gee, went down under no pressure 5 minutes later and had to be carried off the pitch with what looked like a recurrence of his knee injury. With all 3 subs used, the Bucks were down to ten men and the visitors rallied late on and goals from Wheatley and May meant the match went to penalties. Buxton won the shootout with 4 spot-kicks that gave the Marske keeper no chance and one fine save from Bruce and one lofted effort over the bar from the visitors meant a 4-2 success.
The Bucks are next at home on Saturday with the visit of Gainsborough Trinity which means a return to the Silverlands of former manager John Reed and a number of former Buxton players. Kick off is 3pm.