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Jak McCourt with a 'brace' at Banbury

Buxton followed up Saturday's 3-0 home win against Blyth Spartans with the same 3-0 scoreline from their Bank Holiday Monday visit to Banbury United.

All three goals came in a first half dominated by the Bucks. Jak McCourt opened the account after 13 minutes with a powerful drive from 25 yards and followed it up with a 29th minute penalty after Jordan Burrow had been scythed down. It was Burrow who added the third, outjumping the Banbury defence from a corner kick.

After Banbury pressure early in the second half the Bucks pushed forward at every opportunity, without adding to the score. It was Sam Osborne who went closest with a blocked shot after 67 minutes, then an effort thwarted by a finger-tip save 10 minutes later. But the defence had to work hard at times against an improving home side.

Team manager Craig Elliott voiced his satisfaction. He said: "I couldn't have asked for any more, lots of goals, three points and another clean sheet. Still plenty to do and I'm under no illusions. We've still got to improve.

"We were fast out of the blocks and deserved to go in at the break with a healthy lead. In the second half both sides started to show exhaustion and the last 20 minutes lacked any real pace. Unfortunately, we've picked up more knocks but we'll be training hard for the next challenge, against a good Darlington side.

Darlington, one of several former Football League teams playing at this level, will be at the Tarmac Silverlands on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off. Segregation will be in place for this fixture with full details on social media later this week.


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