"Frustrating," is how team manager Craig Elliott described Buxton's 2-2 draw at promotion aspirants Chorley on Saturday (February 25th). The Bucks led twice, created a bundle of chances, missed a penalty, then conceded a spot kick that allowed their hosts to draw level for the second time. Nonetheless, the draw made it seven games in a row unbeaten. Full Match Report HERE
Craig Elliott continued: "We were excellent and dominated for long periods, very much on top for an hour. There were lots of positives.
"Everybody contributed and we deserved to take three points. I've got a good squad now and I'm loving working with them.
"Warren Clarke was brilliant at Chorley and lasted longer than I thought, still recovering from his injury. Tommy Elliott had an outstanding game and it's a shame his penalty was stopped by such a great save. Declan Poole joined in from the bench with a good goal and an assist. It shows that players are ready to come on as substitutes and make key contributions.
"We've had a tiring run of away games, with a really tough one coming up on Tuesday against the league leaders, but we'll go there in confident mood."
Declan Poole's goal, his first for the club, was in first-half stoppage time, hitting the ball through a crowd of players. He was the provider in the 71st minute, setting up Warren Clarke to head home. Tommy Elliott's failed penalty, a superb save from the goalkeeper, was after 28 minutes and both of Chorley's equalisers, the second one a penalty, were by Connor Hall.
It will be a long trip on Tuesday, to the Norfolk market town of King's Lynn, whose team are top of the Vanarama National League North, with 22 more points than the Bucks. Next at home will be Gloucester City on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.