FA Carlsberg Trophy First Qualifying Round
Buxton FC 4, Garforth Town 2
LIKE the autumn weather, Buxton FC have been blowing hot and cold of late, and Saturday’s entertaining cup tie hinted just that.
The Bucks bossed the first half of this clash against lower-league opposition, leading 3-0 at half-time courtesy of a brace from Kieran Lugsden, and a first for the club from centre-back Sam Liversidge.
However, in front of a paltry Silverlands crowd of 188, Buxton seemed to lose their way after the interval, scoring only once more and conceding twice, despite the visitors being reduced to ten men.
Lugsden opened the scoring on 18 minutes. Grant Black, Michael Towey and Neil Stevens were involved in the build-up, the latter finding Lugsden in a central position with his back to goal. The striker had time to control the ball, turn and fire past Ben Higginson.
With just over half an hour gone, Lugsden doubled the lead, racing on to a perfectly-judged chip through the defence by the productive Towey before stroking the ball home with consummate ease.
Then a searching Ridley corner from the left was cleared as far as Liversidge who, from the edge of the area, hit a first-time volley on the turn, through a crowd of players, to score his first goal in 78 appearances for the Bucks.
Garforth got themselves a lifeline after the break when Josh Wilde afforded the returning Paul Walker a little too much respect, and the dangerous ex-Buxton forward’s weak pass across goal was pushed clear by Scott Hartley into the path of Dempsey Smith.
But hopes of a comeback were quashed eight minutes later when Lugsden intercepted a Garforth ball on halfway and released Reed, who was bundled over by last man Darren Kelly, the defender promptly being dispatched to the dressing room.
Garforth continued to look dangerous and had two penalty appeals waved away in quick succession when first Walker went down as Hartley collected at his feet, and then substitute Adam Priestley hit the ground after finding himself sandwiched between Stevens and Liversidge.
The game was effectively over as a contest in the 73rd minute when Black’s high, seeking cross was brought down by Lugsden and untidily scuffed home by Reed from close range.
Matt Dempsey got the better of Stevens to head home a corner kick five minutes later, but this offered little consolation as Buxton saw out the remaining minutes.
Buxton: Hartley, Black, Wilde (Pembleton, 77), Williams, Liversidge, Maxfield (c) (Taylor, 73), Stevens, Towey, Reed (Hopkins, 77), Lugsden, Ridley. Subs not used: S Johnson. Attendance: 188.