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POINTS DROPPED BUT SIGNS ARE POSITIVE


Jordan Burrow in action. Picture courtesy of Phil Peat Photography

Having taken a 58th minute lead through one of the new signings, Jordan Burrow, Buxton were pinned back by a Boston United goal four minutes into added time in the season's Vanarama National League North opener.

The Bucks controlled the territory for much of the entertaining first half in front of a 1,072 crowd at the Tarmac Silverlands, the visitors enjoyed a bright 15-minutes' spell at the start of the second half, then it was a closely matched encounter until the final whistle. Signs are positive for both sides. Full Match Report HERE

Buxton team manager Craig Elliott said: "It was disappointing to concede so late on and we deserved to win. But I'm quite happy to get the first point of the season. I can't do anything but praise the players against Boston, who are effectively full time. We've got several key squad members out with injuries and fingers crossed we can get some of them back in time for our next game."

Stand-in skipper Luke Shiels was injured after half an hour, although replacement Max Hunt alongside Jake Hull formed what must be the tallest central defensive partnership in the league, both standing around six feet six.

The full list of debutants against Boston featured Max Dearnley, Sam Minihan, Luke Shiels, Sam Smart, Curtis Weston, Zaine Francis-Angol and Jordan Burrow, plus Max Hunt, Nathan Newall and Xander McBurnie from the bench. Jake Hull returned on loan from Rotherham United.

Sam Minihan from FC Halifax Town and ex-young player of the year at Stockport County, Zaine Francis-Angol, most recently with Oldham Athletic and former Tottenham Hotspur trainee, and Xander McBurnie, a previous Weymouth captain, signed in the days leading up to Saturday's opener.

Buxton travel to Brackley Town on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

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