Buxton had over 60% possession and won a majority of duels at promotion prospects Tamworth's Lamb Ground on Saturday January 6th but couldn't penetrate a strong defence, statistically the best in the Vanarama National League North. They conceded twice late in the game to give the home side a 2-0 victory, the result keeping the Bucks 17th in the table, while Tamworth are two points clear at the top.
There were chances to score for the hard-working Bucks, falling to skipper Luke Shiels, Diego De Girolamo and Jake Hull. As has happened too often this season, the Bucks fell away in the latter stages and that allowed Jamie Jellis in the 83rd minute and Kyle Finn in stoppage time to secure the points for high-flying, strength-in-depth Tamworth.
Bucks' team manager Craig Elliott said afterwards he is determined to put things right and return to winning ways.
He said: "We had the ball for long periods in the first half and defended their set pieces well, so I thought we were in a good position, maybe to go on and win. The stats are positive but it's all about what you do in both boxes and we haven't been good enough in those areas. We've conceded too easily and are not creating enough. But the lads gave everything against the league leaders.
"I take full responsibility for our losses. I need to find the answers and I will. We'll work hard in two training sessions this week, aiming to give a good performance against King's Lynn."
The Bucks are at home to King's Lynn Town on Saturday, kick-off 3pm. They won October's away fixture 3-1, with second-half goals from Eoin McKeown, Diego De Girolamo and Scott Boden.