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Buxton's season-long run of injury misfortunes has continued, with Diego de Girolamo the latest casualty, but team manager Craig Elliott refuses to make excuses and the team he put out at promotion-chasing AFC Fylde last night shared his determination to stay optimistic. They went down fighting to a single goal. There were no points to reward the Bucks' efforts, but certainly no disgrace, away to a top side.

The set-piece Fylde goal was scored on the hour. Afterwards, crisp-passing Bucks pushed forward as often as they could, in search of the elusive equaliser in front of their sizeable group of travelling supporters. Match Report HERE

Goalkeeper Theo Richardson was called on twice to make fine saves in the last quarter, however, as Fylde continued to show their upper-table class against the purposeful Bucks.

Craig Elliott said he was encouraged by his team's display. "We showed a disciplined shape, frustrated them for long periods and created some good chances." he said.

"I was proud of the application. If we continue to play like that we'll put points on the board, no problem. The tide might be turning. There are seven or eight teams scrapping near the bottom of the league and looking to get on a good run, us included, and tonight gave us positives to work with.

"I want to bring in more pace and width. No disrespect to the current squad and we'll be continuing to build on their considerable talents and reinforce confidence, but I'd like to add new strengths, although it's difficult at this stage of the season. We know we must keep on improving."

Hereford are the visitors to the Tarmac Silverlands on Saturday, 3pm kick-off.


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