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SETBACK AGAINST SPIRITED OPPOSITION




Buxton lost at Darlington on Saturday February 24th, on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline which ended an impressive run of results.

Hosts Quakers can trace their history back to 1883 and have played in the old Football League Second Division, now the Championship, before a series of financial setbacks saw them drop to football's ninth tier. They fought their way back and look determined to stay in the Vanarama National League North, in spite of being second bottom of the table. Their tough and spirited opposition took them from being a goal down to beat the in-form Bucks.

Craig Elliott was forced into changes for the trip north, having lost Jake Wright and Ben Andreucci to injury. Tommy Elliott and Eoin McKeown started, with Jak McCourt on the bench after suspension.

The Bucks went ahead through a Scott Barrow own goal after 34 minutes when he headed a long Joe Young clearance the wrong way, but they faced a side producing a quality of football above their lowly position and the rewards came in the 69th and 82nd minutes, with goals from Mitchell Curry and Andrew Nelson respectively, "a step in the right direction" according to scorer Curry. Full Match Report HERE

Afterwards, Craig Elliott said: "Darlington are fighting for their lives and were good today, although we were below our best. We didn't get going and couldn't control the game. It was disappointing not to get a point, though. There's no time to dwell on it. We go to Boston United on Tuesday and they are among those fancied for promotion. Travelling away from home is always hard but we fear nobody and will be looking for the right result."

The Boston game kicks off at 7.45pm, then it's Scarborough Athletic at home next Saturday at 3pm.

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