Buxton, still straightjacketed by the unavailability of key players, swept the problems aside with an energetic 2-1 home win against Hereford in the Vanarama National League (Tuesday November 21), enjoying 55% possession on the way to all three points.
An 82nd minute cross by Jak McCourt headed home by Jake Hull, his first goal for the club, secured victory. That was after Jordan Burrow's 40th minute headed strike from a parried Connor Kirby shot had been cancelled out by a Hereford penalty on 61 minutes. Sam Osborne almost scored a third for the Bucks deep into stoppage time.
The injury crisis for the Bucks was eased by the introduction of three loan players. Derby winger Alex Gibson-Hammond, Harrogate Town midfielder George Horbury and AFC Fylde defender Pierce Bird signed shortly before the league's deadline.
Wideman Alex Gibson-Hammond, aged 20, had been a Nottingham Forest U-21s regular before joining Derby County at the start of the season. George Horbury, 19 and a central midfielder, was a youth team scholar with his home town club Harrogate and became their first academy player to turn professional. AFC Flylde's big defender Pierce Bird, a 24-year-old originally from Northern Ireland, has also been on the books at Notts County, Eastleigh and King's Lynn Town. Full Match Report HERE
Bucks' team manager Craig Elliott was generally pleased with the result. He said: "We gave the fans something to sing about. The new lads played a full part along with the rest of the team, giving us balance and cohesion. There was real energy in midfield. Slowly, were getting injured players back and I'm hopeful we can kick on further through December."
Southport are the visitors to Tarmac Silverlands on Saturday, kick-off 3pm and the away match at Chester has now been confirmed for Tuesday 16th January at 7-45.