Buxton 1-1 King’s Lynn - report

Buxton's Leigh Franks gets up close to Kings Lynn's Greg Smith -Pic by: Richard Parkes
Buxton's Leigh Franks gets up close to Kings Lynn's Greg Smith -Pic by: Richard Parkes

Buxton’s patchy spell in the league continued on Tuesday night with a 1-1 draw against King’s Lynn.

The Bucks have now won just one of their last seven league outings, after Stephen Spriggs climbed off the bench to claim a share of the spoils for the visitors.

Liam Hardy notched his 12th league goal on Tuesday night.

Liam Hardy notched his 12th league goal on Tuesday night.

Liam Hardy had fired the hosts in front on the brink of half-time but the resurgent Linnets hit back, enjoyed a strong second half and duly equalised 11 minutes from time.

The visitors saw full-back Jordan Yong see a late red card due to dissent, but the Bucks couldn’t make the man advantage count as they failed to break down a stern defence.

Last season’s meeting at the Silverlands saw the hosts run out 6-1 winners but there was to be no repeat this time round.

Buxton chief Martin McIntosh made three changes to the side which lost 2-0 at FC United in the Trophy three days prior.

Leigh Franks and Tom Corner, both ineligible at the weekend, returned to the line-up alongside player-assistant Tim Ryan with Greg Young, Jonathan Williams and Stuart Ludlam all dropping to the bench.

The Bucks started brightly and should have opened up the scoring early on but Craig King whacked a shot off the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Lynn were determined in defence and were making life difficult for the hosts’ three forwards to find any real momentum.

Then, with half-time beckoning, a floated free-kick into the Linnets box found Hardy, who controlled, turned and rifled a shot into the roof of the net.

King’s Lynn, eighth in the table heading into this clash, came out strongly for the second 45 minutes and created the first opening.

David Bridges prodded wide of Arron Jameson’s goal when put through.

The visitors then introduced new signing Stephen Spriggs and his arrival seemed to invigorate the visitors.

And it wasn’t long before he made his mark. He latched on to a pass inside the box before slotting beyond Jameson to cue wild celebrations on the Linnets bench.

Buxton huffed and puffed for a winner but even after Yong was shown a second yellow card, the hosts failed to severely test Alex Street in the Linnets goal.

Bucks: Jameson, Franks, Ryan (Young 80), Palmer, Green, Niven, King, Wilson, Corner, Hardy (Taylor 67), Tuton.

Att: 221.