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LAST GASP PENALTY DISAPPOINTMENT


With a side unchanged for the fourth time in a row, Buxton put on an accomplished showing at promotion-chasing Darlington (Tuesday February 21st) and were leading 1-0 into stoppage time, then the home side scored a penalty to level up at 1-1. As well as points, it robbed the Bucks of a sixth consecutive clean sheet.

After only two minutes the lights went out. The dark shadows caused by floodlights failure lasted for 25 minutes and the referee considered abandoning the game.

Buxton looked lit up after the restart, with close-in attempts by Josh Granite and Diego De Girolamo going near to opening the scoring. Next, Max Conway tested the Quakers goalkeeper. There were more chances at both ends but it was the Bucks who took a deserved lead just short of the hour, when Joe Ackroyd's shot was diverted into the top of the net. Then, in the second minute of added time, the referee decided that a Darlington player had been tripped in the box and awarded a penalty, smashed past Theo Richardson to claim the draw. Full Match Report HERE

Team manager Craig Elliott (Pictured at Darlington) had praise for his team. He said: "Some good play and we were nearly there. We can play better but Darlington are having a great season and we were close to a really good result. We're going in the right direction and feeling positive throughout the group.

"We're getting players back from injury but we've still got to get them fully fit. I'm looking forward to seeking what we can do with a fully-available squad. The play is beginning to look balanced and it's the kind of team I want to send out for the fans. Next is Chorley and we'll be ready."

The Bucks go to Chorley on Saturday (3pm), down to King's Lynn on Tuesday 28th, then back home on Saturday March 4th, taking on Gloucester City, kick-off 3pm.

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