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Any team giving away two soft first-half goals is going to struggle. Buxton did just that against fellow strugglers Farsley Celtic (Tuesday January 24th), then an inspirational goal by the Bucks' midfielder Sam Osborne lifted the team's spirits.

Sam's 64th minute strike instilled confidence from back to front. The injury-hit Bucks, with no fit strikers available, found an extra yard and took the game to their hosts for the last half hour, to the delight of the travelling fans, who voiced their support throughout.

Try as they might, an equaliser wouldn't come, a 2-1 win for Farsley, but the performance gives impetus to Saturday's trip north to face second-bottom Blyth Spartans. Match Report HERE

Team manager Craig Elliott enjoyed the latter stages of the Farsley game. He said: "We threw everything at them after Sam's goal and were unlucky to come away with nothing. The lads went flat out to make their mark and we dominated. The good news on the injury front is that we had Max Conway and Chris Dawson back and they gave us a boost. Chris got about half an hour on the pitch and the way he carried the ball forward was great for us.

"I need to help our injury-afflicted squad, though, because we're in a relegation battle now. Extra players are needed so we can wise-up quickly. I am not used to being near the bottom and I'm determined to see us get back on track."

Next opponents Blyth Spartans came from behind to win 2-1 at the Tarmac Silverlands in August but they've found the going tough since then, winning away from home only once more. Their home form, however, is stronger and Saturday's match has the makings of a closely-contested affair.

The Bucks will entertain promotion hopefuls King's Lynn Town on Saturday February 4th, kick-off 3pm.


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