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Buxton had spells of domination and played flowing football at Morpeth Town on Saturday (January 22), yet a series of missed chances in front of goal and mistakes at the back gave the home team a 3-0 win.

It was a flattering scoreline for Morpeth but another set-back for the Bucks, dropping to fifth place in the Pitching In Northern Premier League. Tommy Elliott, Jason Gilchrist, Warren Clarke and Jamie Ward missed good first-half chances as The Bucks pressed forward, but second-period lapses at the back – a penalty and a Josh Granite own goal adding to Morpeth's 53rd minute opener – meant a disappointing afternoon. Full Match Report HERE

Making his debut from the bench was midfielder Mackenzie Heaney (Pictured), signed on loan from York City. Mackenzie, 23, has the distinction of having played for both England and Scotland at youth levels. He has been on Newcastle United's books and enjoyed a spell with leading Icelandic side Grindavik.

Three of the squad have left. Ben Middleton has joined Cleethorpes Town in the division below the Bucks, James Hurst is now at Tamworth in the Southern League Premier, and Dom Tear has gone to Guiseley after being recalled by his parent club, FC Halifax Town.

On the injuries front, Diego De Girolamo is reportedly making good progress and might be able to return to training sometime next month. Ben Milnes requires an operation to his knee injury and will be out for several weeks.


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