Injury-hit Buxton were beaten 2-0 by Salford City during a frustrating afternoon at the Silverlands.
With Derek Niven and Alastair Taylor out injured, plus Ash Burbeary and Warren Burrell unavailable, manager Martin McIntosh had worked hard to bring in three replacements on Friday as well as receiving the news that Glenn Belezika’s international clearance had at last arrived after a two-week wait.
But Saturday morning brought the revelation of overnight illness for both Liam Hardy and Ash Worsfold.
As a result the management had little choice, but to blood four debutants in Tom Buckley,Chris Churchman and Chekaine Steele as well as Belezika.
Buxton then suffered further injuries in the course of the match.
Having weathered early pressure, Buxton were unlucky to concede in the 24th minute when Clark’s 25-yard drive was so heavily deflected that it totally wrong-footed ‘keeper Phil Barnes.
City’s Danny Webber had already shot across the face of goal as Buxton’s newcomers were settling in and Joel Bembo-Leta made a crucial pacy interception.
Churchman responded with a blistering 20-yard low drive that ‘keeper Lynch saved brilliantly at the expense of a corner, but unbeaten Salford unsurprisingly remained generally in control.
City extended their lead six minutes into the second half after the `Bucks’ lost possession in their own penalty area.
The ball was worked back to midfielder Burton and he arrowed a 19-yard shot into Barnes’s top right corner.
Battling on pluckily, the McIntosh men twice forced fine saves out of Lynch.
Doran’s curling shot was likewise heading for the top corner, while Bembo-Leta’s downward header at a corner-kick was thwarted by the ‘keeper’s outstretched leg.
Salford, however, could have added to their lead but were foiled by Brad-Lee Gascoigne’s timely tackle, while a low cross by right-back Smalley eluded everyone only eight yards out.