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SECOND HALF SLIDE INTO DEFEAT


Picture courtesy of Phil Peat

Buxton, after looking the more likely in a goalless first half, slid to a 2-0 home defeat against AFC Telford United (Saturday January 14th). It was struggling Telford's first three points away from home this season, while Buxton have managed just one win in their last nine games, dropping to 20th in the Vanarama National League North table. They visit fourth-placed AFC Fylde on Tuesday evening.

Recently, Buxton have parted company with players Jason Gilchrist, Jack McKay, Sean Newton and Serhat Tasdemir, with loanee Matt Sargent returning to his parent club.

Injury issues meant that three loan players were used against Telford, the latest temporary recruit being Jordan Windass from Oldham Athletic. Josh is the brother of Sheffield Wednesday striker Josh and son of Dean, whose goals played a major part in Hull City's promotion to the Premier League in 2008.

Before half-time the Bucks seemed to be edging the game, with Diego de Girolamo bringing an outstanding save from Telford's goalkeeper, Lindon Meikle winning balls in midfield and skipper Josh Granite marshalling the defence well. The visitors showed more enterprise after the break, however, and scored after 73 minutes and again in stoppage time. The Bucks had their chances, with nothing to show for it.

Afterwards, team manager Craig Elliott voiced his disappointment. He said: "We had injuries and unavailability to cope with and we were down to 10 men for the last 25 minutes after Diego was hurt, but we need to start getting things in place quickly. We can't feel sorry for ourselves and have to stick together and improve for the next game at AFC Fylde.

After Tuesday's trip to Fylde, Hereford will be the visitors to the Tarmac Silverlands on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.

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