Blyth 0-1 Buxton - match report

Shaun Tuton hit his second of the season.

Shaun Tuton hit his second of the season.

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A late Shaun Tuton strike secured a third consecutive win for Buxton away at Blyth Spartans.

The striker hit his second goal in as many away games to make it six without loss for Martin McIntosh’s side.

The goal arrived three minutes from time and just when it looked like the visitors would have to settle for a share of the spoils.

Tuton tapped in after Mark Reed’s effort came back off a post to ensure an enjoyable journey back from Northumberland.

After the goalfest against Grantham, which the Bucks won 5-1, this was a game of very few clear chances and for once the Bucks had conceded the majority of possession.

However, the well-organised defence held firm to severely limit the hosts’ openings and secure a maiden clean sheet of the campaign.

Spartans started positively and threatened down their left as Dale and Maguire combined well, but Buxton gradually soaked up the pressure and had much the better of the rest of the half.

Alastair Taylor proved too much of a handful for the left-back Watson while Liam Hardy, already with five goals to his name, was as dangerous as ever.

In the 22nd minute Hardy latched onto a through ball but was tackled last-ditch by Buddle in the penalty area.

Spartans then broke away and forced Arron Jameson into a diving save, before the lively Dale struck a post.

McIntosh made an early change just after half-time, with Reed replacing Craig King, but the Bucks struggled to recapture their early fluency.

Tuton’s strength on the left was a positive however, and his accurate pass set up Hardy 15 yards out only for the advancing Blyth stopper to smother his shot.

Thereafter, Blyth enjoyed the majority of possession but couldn’t create clear openings while the Bucks occasionally looked dangerous on the break with the powerful Tuton posing an increasing threat.

And with just a handful of minutes remaining, the former Matlock man was in the right place at the right time to net the winner as the Bucks prepared for the visit of Frickley on Tuesday in fine style.

Bucks: Jameson, Stevens, Palmer, Young, Green, Taylor, Niven, Williams (Istead), King (Davies), Tuton, Hardy (Reed).

Att: 452.