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Joe Young with his 6th clean sheet in 12 games for The Bucks at Rushall

Buxton consolidated their position in the Vanarama National League North on Saturday March 9th, with a fine 3-0 win at Rushall Olympic. A brace of goals from Diego De Girolamo, the second of those a penalty, sandwiching a Dylan Mottley-Henry strike, made sure of all three points.

Sam Minihan was missing, added to the injury absentees, with Adam Livingston selected in his place in a strong Buxton side. The backbone proved particularly effective, with seventh-minute penalty stopping goalkeeper Joe Young behind impressive central defender Luke Shiels, midfield controller Jak McCourt and in-form centre-forward De Girolamo.

It was De Girolamo who opened the scoring with an accurate header more or less straight after Young's brilliant penalty save, another headed goal, this time by Mottley-Henry in the 65th minute, then a Girolamo spot kick a few minutes later after he had been brought down inside the box. The Bucks did not have it all their own way, however, as the West Midlands team created chances of their own with some enterprising attacking football against the well-organised visiting defence. Full Match Report HERE

Buxton team manager Craig Elliott voiced his satisfaction. He said: "Rushall are probably in a false league position and I expected a hard game. It was an even first half but we made some tweaks at half time and were dominant after that, with one-touch, quick-moving football. It was very much a team performance. Our travelling fans made a great noise and it's pleasing for all concerned.

"We go to Peterborough Sports on Tuesday and they're a street-wise outfit, so it won't be easy. I'm hoping to have some players back from injury, to contribute towards another positive result."

The Peterborough game kicks off at 7.45pm, then it's a home match on Saturday against South Shields (3pm).


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