Bucks battle back to earn valuable point

Buxton's Michael Towey takes on the visitor's defence in the 2-2 draw between Buxton and Burscough at The Silverlands.
Buxton's Michael Towey takes on the visitor's defence in the 2-2 draw between Buxton and Burscough at The Silverlands.

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Buxton FC 2, Burscough 2

MICHAEL Towey’s first goal of the season helped Buxton come back from two goals down to take a share of the spoils against Burscough.

The club’s top scorer Kieran Lugsden was serving a one-match suspension so local lad Sam Johnson picked up only his second start of the season for Saturday’s tie at the Silverlands.

Buxton striker Mark Reed challenges from a corner in the 2-2 draw between Buxton and Burscough at The Silverlands.

Buxton striker Mark Reed challenges from a corner in the 2-2 draw between Buxton and Burscough at The Silverlands.

Despite the home side just slightly having more possession in the first half, it was the visitors who found themselves 2-0 up after just 26 minutes.

Mark Beesley bagged Burscough’s first after some good work down the right, squeezing the ball past Scott Hartley.

Then three minutes later, Josh Wilde was unlucky to head the ball into his own net to make it 2-0 to the visitors with less than 30 minutes on the clock.

Buxton tried to respond immediately and chances fell to Steve Ridley and Mark Reed but the breakthrough didn’t come until two minutes before the interval.

Reed was rewarded for his earlier efforts with a well taken goal following some nice passing play by the home side.

Manager John Reed made one change at half-time, replacing Johnson with the returning Tommy Agus, and it was a change that paid off immediately as the home side completely dominated the second period.

Burscough’s Connor Roberts had to be alert straight from the restart as the Bucks piled on the pressure, and the score would have been level on 49 minutes were it not for a fantastic save by the visiting keeper.

But there was nothing Roberts could do to prevent Buxton getting back in the game in the 52nd minute when Towey fired home the equaliser after some good link-up play with Agus.

As the second period continued, both sides created openings, though the home side looked the most dangerous.

Excellent chances fell to Agus, who hit the back wall with a screamer of a shot just after the hour mark, and Reed who was unable to capitalise when he found himself one-on-one with the keeper on 75 minutes.

And when the full-time whistle blew, Buxton had to be satisfied with just a share of the points in a game where they were really unlucky not to have taken all three.

Buxton: Hartley, Black, Wilde, Williams, Horne, Maxfield, Stevens, Towey, Reed, Johnson (Agus 45), Ridley. Att: 225.