Buxton's poor run of results, in spite of encouraging if inconsistent play, continued with a 1-0 reversal at home to mid-table Hereford (Saturday January 21st). It was a third league game in a row without scoring. The cause wasn't helped by losing striker Scott Boden, who suffered a cracked rib after 40 minutes. That followed the departure of defensive tower Shaun Brisley with a leg injury, so the enforced absentee list continues to grow.
The Bucks were often quicker to the ball than the visiting Hereford Bulls, but the woodwork, an alert Dino Visser in the Bulls' goal and some poor finishing meant another blank scoresheet. The visitors put away a 55th minute penalty after a Theo Richardson foul, to avoid a goal vacuum of their own.
Both teams had chances as the game opened up and there was determined play from the home side, but void of the necessary finishing touches. Full Match Report HERE
Team manager Craig Elliott voiced his concerns, frustrated that the Bucks are not firing. "We were not good enough, simple as that," he said. "Obviously it was a blow losing two experienced players before half-time, but we won't hide behind excuses.
"We need different options. I know what has to be changed and I will continue to try and get it right so we can give a lift all around the club."
Buxton have nine Vanarama National League North matches between now and the end of February, seven of them away from home, starting with Farsley Celtic in West Yorkshire on Tuesday evening. Next at the Tarmac Silverlands will be second-placed King's Lynn Town on Saturday February 4th, kick-off 3pm. King's Lynn have lost top spot to AFC Fylde, last Tuesday's conquerors of the Bucks.