Buxton FC always takes care and pride in providing a warm welcome to its guests. Officials of visiting Stapenhill took to social media to describe the hospitality as “top of the range, incredible throughout the evening” following the Cawarden Derbyshire Senior Cup Round 3 tie at the Tarmac Silverlands (Tuesday December 5). There was no quarter given on the pitch, however, as Buxton moved into the next round with a comfortable 2-0 win.
The Bucks gave debuts to goalkeeper Aleksander Petrovic and newly signed left-back Matty Waters. They were boosted by the return to action of skipper Josh Granite, with Tommy Elliott and Jake Wright fit enough to take their places on the bench.
Stapenhill play in Division One of the Midland League, four steps below the Bucks in football’s pyramid. Clearly enjoying the match experience, they pushed hard throughout, but fell to goals from Scott Boden after 28 minutes, then Wright deep into stoppage time.
Tommy Large came close to equalising just before the second goal, but that would have been an injustice to the home team, in possession for 70% of the game and with 20 attempts on goal, seven of them on target. Diego
De Girolamo went closest after 38 minutes and other outstanding attempts came from Boden and Wright again. Full Match Report HERE
This was the fifth Senior Cup meeting between Buxton and the team from just outside Burton-on-Trent, the last one being in 1996, with the Bucks winning all of them, once after a replay.