Buxton seal last-minute equaliser away at Nantwich

Shaun Tuton.
Shaun Tuton.
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Buxton pinched a point late on thanks to Shaun Tuton’s 95th-minute strike at Nantwich on Saturday, which was enough to earn a 1-1 draw.

Tuton’s goal, his 13th in the league this season, was virtually the last kick of the game.

Following a right-flank move, Tuton latched onto a loose ball on the edge of the penalty area and instantly drove home beyond Nantwich stopper Smith.

The Bucks had trailed for a whole 90 minutes after conceding in the opening stages, but must have gone in at the interval relieved to be only one goal in arrears.

Manager Martin McIntosh saw his side concede early on when the windy conditions played into the hosts’ advantage.

Goalkeeper Arron Jameson lost possession of the first Nantwich corner and Aaron Burns netted from point-blank range.

The Dabbers then proceeded to create a host of chances without being able to get the necessary second strike.

Defensive midfielder Pearson stabbed over the bar following an inswinging free-kick, while winger Howard failed to hit the target from a central position.

Buxton’s best attempt in the opening 45 minutes meanwhile, was a run and shot from Laurie Wilson which forced a good save from Smith.

Buxton enjoyed the majority of possession after half-time although they failed to seriously test the reflexes of Smith.

Mark Reed was introduced on the hour mark and the visitors were soon creating openings at will.

Tuton was guilty of misfiring a shot late on, but his persistence eventually paid off right at the death when the former Matlock man fired home the equaliser.

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

Buxton’s next outing is at home to Matlock on Boxing Day.