Bucks lift trophy after sensational comeback

Buxton v Macclesfield, July 11 2014.

Buxton v Macclesfield, July 11 2014.

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Buxton lifted the Keith Alexander Trophy for the first time after a sensational comeback against Conference Premier side Macclesfield Town.

Martin McIntosh’s side found themselves 3-0 down inside the first half but staged a stunning fightback to seal a 4-3 victory.

Buxton v Macclesfield, July 11 2014.

Buxton v Macclesfield, July 11 2014.

The Silkmen could have opened the scoring through Josh Amis who hit the ball on the turn only to see it saved, but it wasn’t long before Niall Rodney found the back of the net as he slotted home at the back-post from close range.

Amis then notched twice in quick succession to make it 3-0.

He first sent a driving effort low into the bottom corner, before a dangerous move on the break three minutes later saw him hit his second.

With the Bucks looking dead and buried, McIntosh’s men quickly fought their way back into the contest.

Liam Hardy pulled a goal back in emphatic fashion when he scored directly from a free-kick.

There was another quick goal for the hosts as a lapse in the Macclesfield defence allowed Hardy in again, to make it 3-2 just four minutes later.

Then with half-time on the horizon, Mark Reed nodded home from a good cross to equalise.

That goal capped a remarkable turnaround for the Bucks, who now had victory in their sights.

The second half saw the traditional pre-season raft of substitutions and chances were less frequent, with O’Keefe making a good save, before Will Bailey headed wide.

The game looked destined for a penalty shoot-out before Bucks trialist Alastair Taylor hit a powerful shot to the near post to make it 4-3 to send the home supporters into jubilation.

McIntosh will be pleased at his side’s comeback and will be looking for more of the same at Staveley MW on Saturday.