BUXTON FC will travel to face Evo-Stik Premier Division high-fliers Northwich Victoria in the next round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy, following Saturday’s entertaining 4-2 defeat of Garforth Town.
The Bucks will face the Vics at the Victoria Stadium in the Second Qualifying Round on Saturday November 5 (kick-off 3pm).
It follows last Saturday’s victory over ten-man Garforth, which was secured courtesy of a brace from Kieran Lugsden and goals from Sam Liversidge, his first for the club, and Mark Reed.
Buxton manager John Reed said: “We made hard work of it, if I’m being honest. We had a fantastic first half and we scored some great goals. We focused on it, we played to our strengths. Lugsden was a menace throughout the game.
“I think it was a comfortable win. They had a couple of shouts for a couple of penalties, if I’m being honest I might have given one of them, but overall I’m quite pleased, certainly in the attacking half I’m pleased we scored four goals at home, but disappointed we’ve conceded two.”
Reed hopes the Bucks will use the win as a platform to build on, ahead of Saturday’s big league encounter against Burscough at the Silverlands (kick-off 3pm). Then next Tuesday (November 1), the Bucks travel to Frickley Athletic (kick-off 7.45pm) for a re-arranged league fixture.
Leading scorer Lugsden will miss the Burscough game in order to serve a one-match ban, but defender Louis Horne should return from injury, after Reed chose not to risk him for the Garforth cup tie.
“It’s a big match,” the boss admitted. “We need to win that to try and start moving further up the table. Hopefully the Garforth result gives us that platform, because we really need to get going.
“We’ve had a great couple of performances, Kendal, Chester, and then we went to Marine and I think the previous two games had taken a lot out of them. They didn’t have too much left in the tank at Marine and we were very heavy-legged and deserved to lose 1-0. They were the better team.”