Bucks hold their own against the Silkmen

Keith Alexander Memorial Trophy

Buxton FC 1, Macclesfield Town 3

WITH six first teamers in action, Macclesfield’s first-half showing was enough to retain the Keith Alexander Memorial Trophy.

All three of the visitors’ goals were headers by defenders up field for set-pieces and arguably showed the need for another central defender after the departure of Gregg Anderson and in the continuing absence of Matt Heywood.

They were scored by Shaun Brisley, Carl Tremarco and Tony Diagne, after 21, 30 and 63 minutes, while Sam Johnson netted an 87th-minute consolation for the Bucks, accepting Steve Ridley’s pass to finish confidently from 15 yards.

Buxton’s starting line-up featured new signing Matt Parry in a forward role and three trialists, one of whom, Chris Walton, was a former Silverlands midfielder.

The front three of Parry, Lugsden and Kyle Hadley combined neatly on several occasions early on, but gradually the visitors’ young yet experienced rearguard took a grip.

Manager John Reed introduced as many as eight players after the interval, but Greg Moseley was soon lost to injury. Nonetheless, the Bucks held their own against the little-changed Silkmen.

Buxton: Hartley, Black, Liversidge, Agus, Ridley, Walton, Maxfield, Cross, Hadley, Parry, Lugsden. Second half substitutes: Askey, King, Moseley, Mason, Ovington, Pembleton, Johnson, Benger. Unusued subs: Herriott (GK), Towey.

* Among the trialists on show against Macclesfield was central midfielder Chris Walton, 26, who scored four goals in 22 (3) appearances in Buxton’s Division One championship side of 2006/07; and Reece Littlejohn, the teenage son of long-serving Football League goalscorer Adrian.