The Buxton team, with nearly 600 travelling fans behind them, battled to the end against the highest-ranking opposition faced in their long history, but it wasn't enough, as hosts Ipswich Town ran out 4-0 winners in the Emirates FA Cup Second Round (Sunday November 27th).
Buxton defended resolutely and moved the ball forward quickly whenever there were opportunities. Those chances were limited, however, as Ipswich, flying high in League One, enjoyed the bulk of possession and allowed the Bucks just one shot on target. Ipswich goals came in the 33rd, 38th and 73rd minutes, then again in stoppage time, all powerful strikes that gave goalkeeper Theo Richardson no chance.
Ipswich boss Kieran McKenna praised the Bucks for their defensive organisation and determination right to the end. "They didn't make it easy for us," he commented.
Jamie Vermiglio, Buxton team manager, was not downhearted by the FA Cup exit. He said: "To get to the second round proper was an outstanding achievement for a non-league side. Other teams have been torn apart by Ipswich. They are a top class side and we put up some stubborn resistance.
"Our supporters were absolutely superb. They sang their hearts out and cheered everything we did. It made me feel quite emotional." Full Match Report HERE
Max Conway made his debut for the Bucks. The 19-year-old full back is in on loan until early January. His permanent club Bolton Wanderers considers him to have a bright future in the game and he made an impressive start for the Bucks, coming closest to scoring, producing a pacey run and shot from a difficult angle, with about 10 minutes to go,.
So it is back to the Vanarama National League North on Saturday, when the visitors will be Bradford (Park Avenue) for a 12.30pm kick-off.