Bucks bounce back with improved display against Rushall

Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic,
Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic,

Buxton 2, Rushall Olympic 0

Two superb goals either side of the break helped Buxton put the disappointment of their midweek loss to Hednesford Town behind them on Saturday.

Still reeling from Wednesday night’s defeat, a much improved Buxton side produced some neat passing moves throughout the match and thoroughly deserved to take the win.

Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic, Matt Thornhill

Buxton FC v Rushall Olympic, Matt Thornhill

Returning keeper Ian Deakin was called into action almost immediately to deny the visitors after a throw-in on six minutes, before good work at the other end was let down by a Sam Duncum shot which was collected easily by keeper Chris Gemmell.

Marc Roberts was unable to make the most of a Buxton free-kick on 30 minutes, with Deakin producing a couple of good saves to prevent the visitors taking the lead, the best coming after a fantastic run into the box by Ahmed Obeng on 33 minutes.

But as half-time approached, the Bucks opened the scoring thanks to a superbly-struck effort by Matt Thornhill which curled past keeper Gemmell and into the net on 41 minutes.

This gave the home side fresh impetus and Grant Black was unlucky not to see any reward following a superb run down the wing on 44 minutes, with Thornhill’s final touch being too weak to trouble Gemmell.

After the break, Rushall hit the bar, but it was Buxton who found the back of the net, extending their lead on 60 minutes thanks to a diving header from Kieran Lugsden, who latched onto a fantastic pass from Black. Both sides used up their substitutions as the second period continued but for Rushall, there was no way back and Buxton secured a vital three points as they continue their push for a play-off place.

Buxton: Deakin, Black, Green, Istead, Palmer, Roberts, Thornhill, Towey, Morris (Reed 69), Lugsden (Muller 76), Duncum (Maxfield 76). Attendance: 262.