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For the second time in a week Buxton lost out to Alfreton Town in the Vanarama National League North. The New Year's Day rematch at Tarmac Silverlands produced the same 2-1 scoreline in favour of Alfreton, after another closely-fought game.

Sam Minihan gave the Bucks every chance with a scrambled goal in the 48th minute after Adam Lund had scored a fourth minute opener and Liam Waldock added to the tally for the visitors just before half-time. But in spite of considerable pressure from the Bucks in front of an 851 crowd, that's the way the match ended. Full Match Report HERE

Team manager Craig Elliott expressed his disappointment. He said:" It was a game that slipped through our fingers. I'm upset we couldn't get at least a draw for our fans.

"We had two outstanding early chances but a defensive error let them in, then we went two behind. The second half started brightly for us and we defended strongly throughout. But Alfreton managed the game well and we couldn't achieve any tempo. They've got good, experienced players.

"There's still a lot of the season to go and we're working hard behind the scenes. You know in this league that if you have one good month it can change the face of everything, We've got a bunch of honest lads and I'm sure we'll get things to where I want them to be."

The Bucks travel down to Tamworth this Saturday and they are next at home on Saturday 13th, for a 3pm kick-off against King's Lynn Town.


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