Buxton 3-2 Ramsbottom - match report

Buxton fc v Ramsbottom FA cup game. No 10 Liam Hardy
Buxton fc v Ramsbottom FA cup game. No 10 Liam Hardy

Buxton secured their place in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup after a hard-fought 3-2 win over Ramsbottom.

Martin McIntosh’s side led 3-0 at one stage before the visitors made a fightback.

Buxton fc v Ramsbottom FA cup game. No 9 Mark Reed.

Buxton fc v Ramsbottom FA cup game. No 9 Mark Reed.

However, the Bucks managed to hold on and seal victory - their fifth in a row and one which stretches their unbeaten run to eight games.

The hosts couldn’t have asked for a better start as Hardy continued his terrific form of late by latching onto a ball, darting through on goal and rounding the ‘keeper before tapping into the empty net.

Buxton were bossing proceedings although it took them until the 33rd minute to double their lead.

They quickly broke from defending a corner and the ball found Tuton who scuttled down the right flank.

Tuton then worked his way into the box and picked out Alastair Taylor, who bundled the ball home.

Tuton then turned finisher a couple of minutes later when his glancing header made it 3-0.

The move started when Green made a brilliant run down the left before his inch-perfect cross found Tuton for his sixth of the campaign.

On the brink of half-time Buxton were given a warning when the referee awarded a penalty to the visitors after a handball by a Bucks defender inside the box.

The spot-kick was taken by Grant Spencer, but his tame effort was easily kept out by Arron Jameson down to his left to maintain the three-goal cushion at the break.

However, Ramsbottom came out a different side after the interval.

Spencer soon atoned for his earlier miss by pulling a goal back when he lobbed Jameson, who was rooted to the spot.

The visitors maintained the pressure and won a second spot kick on 74 minutes, when Stuart Ludlam felled the lively Nelson Mota inside the box.

Osebi Abadaki made it 3-2 by slotting away in the bottom left to breathe life into the cup tie.

Despite being dragged back by Ramsbottom, McIntosh’s side held out with some stern defensive work.

They could have extended their lead late on but Ash Palmer’s header floated wide of the goal.

Buxton return to league action on Tuesday night with a long trip to King’s Lynn.

Bucks: Jameson, Ludlam, Green, Young, Palmer, Stevens, Niven, Taylor (Istead 86), Reed (Williams 62), Tuton, Hardy (King 86).

Subs not used: Reay, Ryan, Davies, Handley.

Att: 261.