Bucks edged out in Trinity test

Gainsborough Trinity v Buxton at The Northolme. Trinity player Simon Russell pictured.
Gainsborough Trinity v Buxton at The Northolme. Trinity player Simon Russell pictured.
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Buxton fell to a narrow defeat in their latest pre-season outing, going down 1-0 to Conference North side Gainsborough Trinity.

A tap-in from Jake Picton just after the hour mark settled the hastily-arranged contest at the Northolme last Friday.

Gainsborough Trinity v Buxton at The Northolme. Buxton player Derek Niven pictured.

Gainsborough Trinity v Buxton at The Northolme. Buxton player Derek Niven pictured.

Martin McIntosh’s side were pitched in last-minute after Championship club Sheffield Wednesday pulled out of a friendly with Trinity.

That led to McIntosh intervening and ensuring that his players got more game time under their belts.

He said: “When we saw that Sheffield Wednesday had pulled out of the friendly with Gainsborough, I was straight on the phone to Steve Housham (manager).

“They were good opposition, from a league above and it’s a great test for our lads to have.

“With the Staveley friendly being called off, I just felt that we needed an extra game.”

The winning goal came 25 minutes before the end following a free kick from Ciaran Toner.

The former Northern Ireland international played a perfect ball to Darryn Stamp at the far post, who headed down for Picton to finish from close range.

Despite the defeat, Buxton created some good chances and will have been happy to have got minutes into their legs ahead of the impending Evo-Stik Premier campaign, which starts on Saturday August 16 with the visit of Nantwich.

Liam Hardy, who joined earlier this summer after impressing during a loan spell last season, was fit enough for the bench after passing a fitness test on a thigh complaint.

The Bucks have two remaining friendlies, with FC Halifax visiting the Silverlands this Saturday before Leek Town arrive on August 9.

Bucks: Jameson, Ludlam, Green, Palmer, Young, Niven, Taylor, King, Davies, Tuton, Reed.