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Buxton beat visitors Southport 1-0 (Saturday February 18) and kept a fifth clean sheet in a row. The Bucks have secured 13 league points from the last 15.

It saw another goal for Diego de Girolamo (Pictured), with a great finish after a pulsating run in the 78th minute. The Bucks had a hatful of chances in the first half, two of them far easier to convert into goals than miss. The home side's dominance stuttered, though, as half-time approached and it took a quarter hour of the second half to regain momentum, but it was a more comfortable victory than the scoreline suggests.

There was the boost of second-period substitute returns for Warren Clarke from protracted injury and Tommy Elliott after illness, adding speed and skill respectively. Full Match Repprt HERE

Team manager Craig Elliott said: "In the opening 25 minutes we did particularly well and had plenty of chances, then we fell away a little and the game was a bit flat. But we persevered and the return of Warren and Tommy made a difference.

"Lots of positives, including another clean sheet, with everyone working hard. We're showing that we can be tough to play against. There are still improvements we have to make, but it's a good balance and we're slowly getting there. It was a good win in front of our fans."

The Bucks' defence will need to continue in top form when the team visits fourth-placed Darlington on Tuesday. The Quakers are this season's Vanarama National League North top scorers, with 58 goals. Two more away games follow, at Chorley and King's Lynn Town, before the next encounter at the Tarmac Silverlands, against Gloucester City on Saturday March 4th.


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