Craig Elliott has continued to rebuild his squad with four newcomers in the last fortnight and the mix of new and long-established players is starting to bring substance with style to Buxton, who beat table-topping King’s Lynn Town 1-0 on Saturday (February 4) to move up to a more comfortable-looking sixteenth in the Vanarama National League North.
Visitors King’s Lynn made a bright start, but the Bucks soon had the upper hand and Tommy Elliott’s goal from close range after 28 minutes emphasised the growing dominance.
They continued with the positive approach until King’s Lynn were reduced to nine men with two second-yellow sending offs in quick succession midway through the second half. Inexplicably, instead of pressing home the advantage, the Bucks retreated and gave away a succession of corners and had to save the day with a goal-line clearance.It was a relief when the home side began to recapture composure, with Connor Brown, then Connor Kirby, going close to doubling the lead. Full Match Report HERE
Overall, it was an impressive performance in front of constant vocal encouragement from the Tarmac Silverlands faithful. The only downside was that Sam Osborne has joined the long injured list, limping off after 80 minutes.
Not surprisingly, team manager Craig Elliott was pleased. He said: “That is more like my sort of team. It was a front foot, aggresive approach and I can’t praise the lads enough. This was a great result and the new signings made their mark. Thanks also to the fans for their patience while we have been going through a difficult period.”
Central midfielder Jak McCourt, who started out at Leicester City and had two spells with Chesterfield, made his first home appearance after last week’s debut at Blyth Spartans. Given their first starts in the King’s Lynn match, experienced full-back Connor Brown (Pictured) is ex-Sheffield United and was latterly at Barrow in the EFL. Centre-back Jake Hull stands 6 feet 6 inches tall and has joined the Bucks from Championship Rotherham United for the rest of this season.
The Bucks are at Leamington on Tuesday evening, then Kettering Town next Saturday, before welcoming Southport to the Tarmac Silverlands on Saturday February 18.