Buxton manager Martin McIntosh feels the midweek draw with FC United of Manchester was a ‘missed opportunity’ for his team.
The Bucks were held 1-1 at the Silverlands by a resolute FC side that had been reduced to ten men before half-time.
The result saw the Bucks lose further ground on table-toppers Skelmersdale, who won on the same night to extend their lead at the top to eight points.
McIntosh says that his team should have seen the game out after going 1-0 up early on through Jamie Green (pictured) before the visitors were reduced to ten when Matt Wolfenden saw red.
Despite the numerical advantage, FC United took a share of the spoils thanks to a penalty converted just before the hour mark.
McIntosh reflected on the game as two points dropped.
He said: “The first half we were the better team.
“It could have been 2-0 with the chances we had.
“It was great for Jamie to get on the score-sheet again.
“He’s got five already and that is terrific for any defender at this stage of the season.
“I know they (FC United) missed one good opportunity to score, but there wasn’t much else from them in the first half.
“I thought we played at a high tempo but up against ten men we didn’t really make the extra man tell.
“But, they re-grouped well to be fair to them.
“They were superb at the back and credit to them.
“I think they’ll be up there at the end of the season, as they always are. But as I say, I thought it was definitely a missed opportunity for us.”
The Bucks were not only left counting the cost of the two points squandered, but also the physical damage sustained from the high-octane encounter.
Laurie Wilson limped off early on after a knee to the ribs, whilst Leigh Franks jarred his knee shortly after the re-start. McIntosh is hopeful that both can be involved in the league game away at Rushall Olympic on Saturday - the first of three successive games in three different competitions.
The Rushall clash is followed by a trip to Prescot Cables in the first round of the Doodson Sport Cup on Tuesday and then another away-day against FC United on November 15, this time for an FA Trophy second round qualifier.