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Four clean sheets on the spin for Max Dearnley

Buxton recorded a fourth clean sheet in a row with a goalless draw at Gloucester City (Tuesday September 5th). They coped admirably with Gloucester's long-ball breakaway tactics but couldn't make progress against a side prepared to play with a packed defence.

It was a game of few chances, taking 10 minutes for the first shot on target. Tommy Elliott seemed to be floored in the box after 67 minutes, but an otherwise whistle-happy referee waved away penalty claims. Other than that, Diego De Girolamo and substitute Sam Osborne went closest to scoring, as the Bucks enjoyed 56% of possession.

Team manager Craig Elliott made changes, largely as a result of injuries picked up in Saturday's 5-0 romp against Darlington. The good news on the injury front, however, was that skipper Josh Granite returned to the squad after his long lay-off.

Craig accepted the result but described the game as being of poor quality with little of note in front of the goalkeepers. "Any away point is a good point at this level and we had new injuries to contend with.

"The lads played well and showed their flexibility. They deserve a lot of credit. We had to combat Gloucester's lumping the ball up field and our centre-backs were immense.

"Next I'm looking forward to Scunthorpe. They're favourites to win the league and are beating everyone by big scores at home. We'll have a real go and I'm hoping that the injury situation improves by then. We want to do well for what will be a big following of fans."

The Scunthorpe United match at Glanford Park on Saturday kicks off at 3pm, then on Saturday 16th it's a trip to Macclesfield for an FA Cp tie, also starting 3pm.


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