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A stirring first-half performance by Buxton at home to Long Eaton United in the Derbyshire Senior Cup (Tuesday December 20th) saw them go into the interval 3-0 up. That's how the match ended, so the Bucks are in the cup's semi-finals.

The game had been made possible by Long Eaton's agreement to a late rearrangement, which helps the Bucks with their new year fixtures congestion.

Well-taken goals by Connor Kirby, Diego de Girolamo and Sam Osborne proved too much for the lively Northern Premier League visitors, but with the competition's rules allowing five substitutes, new team manager Craig Elliott took full advantage to see as many of his squad in action as possible in the second half. That fragmented the play, but the result was never in doubt and Craig was pleased with the performance.

He said; "I am most impressed with the set-up here at the Tarmac Silverlands and everyone has been so kind and supportive. There's a lot of energy and ambition. That's how I like to work.

"That first-half display by the lads was icing on my cake. It's good to have the first win under the belt and a clean sheet as well. I want to us to play well up the pitch on the front foot and that's what happened tonight. The fans could see how much talent we can put on display.

"I'm excited about getting back to league action. We start off with a double header against Alfreton Town and that will be tough but I'm looking forward to it." Full Match Report HERE

Buxton's next match will be at Alfreton on Boxing Day, with the return at the Tarmac Silverlands on New Year's Day, kick-off 3pm. I further fixture news, the away match at Leamington will now be played on Tuesday 7th February at 7-45. The home game v Chorley and the away game at Kings Lynn have yet to be rearranged.


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