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Josh Granite went close at South Shields

Buxton lost by the only goal of a hard fought contest at South Shields (Tuesday November 7). It was a game that could have gone either way. The two sides had the same number of shots on target, almost the same shots overall and corners, but it was the Mariners' 60th minute headed goal by Paul Blackett that made the difference and moved them to joint top of the Vanarama National League North table.

The Bucks pushed hard for an equaliser but the Mariners held firm to make it nine clean sheets in a row at home and they created late-on chances of their own.

Team manager Craig Elliott said his team played well and to plan. He said: "Things are not quite going right and injuries continue to set us back. Injuries lead to inconsistency.

"We were up against a really good team yet we were well in the game, fully deserving a draw. Their keeper made a great save to deny Josh Granite and there were good chances for Eoin McKeown, Sam Osborne and Sam Minihan, then Jak McCourt with the last kick of the game.

"We showed our quality and there was a lot of fight after they scored, much better than the disappointing showing last Saturday.

"Back at home next and we've got the chance to add a victory and entertain our brilliant fans. We've had two long away trips in a row so I'm looking forward to being at the Tarmac Silverlands, where our form is good."

Farsley Celtic are the visitors on Saturday, kick-off 3pm, then it is an FA Trophy tie at home to City of Liverpool on Saturday 18th, also kicking off at 3pm. Remember the planned league game at Chester on Tuesday 14th of November is OFF and awaiting a new date.


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