BUXTON FC boss John Reed hopes his side can build on their win against Stocksbridge Park Steels — which brought an end to a miserable run of five successive league defeats — when the Bucks entertain Nantwich Town at the Silverlands this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
Buxton secured their first points of the Evo-Stik Premier Division season with a morale-boosting 1-0 victory at Stocksbridge, courtesy of Kieran Lugsden’s early strike - his fourth of the campaign. The win came hot on the heels of a 4-0 humbling at home by FC United of Manchester on Saturday, a performance Reed labelled as “a disgrace”.
But the manager was full of praise for his side after Monday’s win. “It was a great three points and gets us up and running,” he said.
“I’m pleased for the players, the club and the supporters because it has been a very difficult time for us. Those first five games, we should have had at least ten points from them, but we were regularly making costly mistakes in both 18-yard boxes.
“We were excellent at Stocksbridge. I made some changes for Monday, moved Scott Maxfield to centre-back and he was absolutely outstanding, we got the ball down and David Taylor made an excellent full debut.
“Only a couple of great saves and a few near-misses stopped us from going in three-goals up at half time. Pembleton, like Taylor, gave us great width on the flanks, and in the last ten minutes Scott Hartley made some good saves. We deservedly came away with all three points.”
Reed also praised the travelling support at Monday’s match: “We had a big following there,” he added. “Despite losing five on the trot, the fans didn’t lose faith and I didn’t hear many complaints. Anybody can complain and moan when you are losing, but our fans have kept behind us.
“We now have to try and build on this performance ahead of what is going to be an extremely difficult game against Nantwich. They have some good players and have invested over the summer, so we will need to work hard like we did on Monday.”
And Reed said he was still working to bring in some new faces, a move made all the more urgent by doubts over the fitness of Sam Liversidge and Michael Towey, the latter being substituted at half-time on Monday with a groin strain.
Following Saturday’s match, the Bucks travel on Wednesday evening to Worksop Town, another club which has made an unexpectedly poor start. Having now returned to their Sandy Lane headquarters in Worksop, kick-off will be at 7.45pm.
l Buxton FC club officials have announced a one-off reduction in admission prices for the Nantwich Town match on Saturday to celebrate Non League Day. Entry will cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for concessions.