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Buxton pressed hosts Brackley Town for long periods in the second half but could not convert the possession into enough chances for the points. Goals in either half by Town's ex-South Shields and Kettering striker Callum Stead gave them a 2-0 win.

Bucks' team manager Jamie Vermiglio said his team were nowhere near as good as in their last six games and at times he found the performance frustrating.

"It was a bitter pill to swallow. We were off the mark. But we changed things at half time and there was improvement, although not enough. The last 20 minutes were our best period and we started to threaten their goal. But it was tough and we knew it would be. Not many teams come away from Brackley with a win.

"We've got a good group of players who want to do the right thing. We'll put this match behind us and concentrate on preparing for what's next. Games come thick and fast, Saturdays and Tuesdays, so we have to ready ourselves quickly, learning from this poor performance but not dwelling on it." Match Report HERE

"It was disappointing at Brackley," said director of football David Brindley, "but thanks to all those travelling fans, who shouted their support throughout the game. Next, it's second-top Darlington at Tarmac Silverlands. Jamie will have the lads revved up to go again." The Darlington home game is on Tuesday, kick-off 7.45pm.

Jamie Vermiglio took time out to speak at length with a group of Brackley's disabled supporters on the touchline. Their spokesperson Glenn Alcock thanked him and said: "These moments make football special. Some things matter more than the game."


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