High-flying Buxton produce superb rearguard display to beat Nantwich Town

MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.

MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.

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Buxton produced a superb backs-to-the-wall display to beat Nantwich Town 2-1 away.

In the circumstances, it was probably Buxton’s finest rearguard away win since the epic nine-man victory at Telford five years ago.

The visitors, without six players and suffering further injuries on Saturday, saw Liam Hardy and Alastair Taylor return, but skipper Greg Young was ruled out.

Even so it was a case of the `walking wounded’ joining three players making only their second appearances,

Yet the team’s display was not only totally committed, but well-organised also, in a 4-4-2 formation.

The match was an exciting spectacle with `the Bucks’ defending well to repel fast-flowing Nantwich attacks and countering effectively with several neat passing movements.

Buxton `keeper Phil Barnes was tested by raking long crosses and he made a good low save from Gordon, while in front of him his defence held firm.

The second half brought added excitement with clear chances made at either end.

Tom Buckley worked an accurate one-two before firing over from 19 yards, before Hardy poked the ball narrowly wide from Barnes’s long kick.

For `the Dabbers’ Thornton’s powerful free-kick brought a good low save from Barnes then midfielder Hall headed wide from a corner-kick.

At the hour mark Hardy fed Bradley Barraclough, but his shot hit the inside of a post to travel across the face of goal untouched, with Nantwich breaking forward for the lively ex- Ashton winger Kosylo to bring a superb save out of Barnes.

The home side continued to threaten with Kosylo regularly prominent and he forced a corner after Buxton lost possession on the left.

However,the visitors’ replacement centre-back Glenn Belezika then surprised everyone with two remarkable, lung-busting,60-yard gallops out of defence,beating several men on the way.

From the first, his accurate pass set up Barraclough to force a corner with his shot and from the second resulted the 85th minute penalty award for a clear foul on Hardy.

The striker again finding the net confidently from `the spot.

Barnes made another fine low save before Hardy doubled Buxton’s lead as he slide the ball past `keeper Veiga.

Even then the action wasn’t over as midfielder Ricky Ravenhill, who had run miles for the cause in the weekend’s games, brought down ex-Crewe raider Steve Jones in the box.

Osborne likewise scored from his penalty-kick opportunity, but from the kick-off referee Hayes blew the final whistle.

This splendid victory and results elsewhere leave `the Bucks’ in fourth place, just one point behind leaders Blyth and near-neighbours Matlock.

Buxton: Barnes; Bembo-Leta, Gascoigne, Belezika, Green;Taylor, Ravenhill, Churchman, Buckley; Barraclough( Doran92), Hardy. Subs not used: Abadaki,Ryan,Jameson. `