BUXTON’S Achilles heel this season cost them a result against Chorley on Saturday, according to player-manager Scott Maxfield.
The Bucks lost 3-1 at the Silverlands to remain five points adrift of safety in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Despite the result, Maxfield said there were plenty of positives to take away from the performance, but that it was individual errors which cost them.
“They (Chorley) are one of the top four or five teams in the league, and we more than matched them, although the result doesn’t say so,” Maxfield said.
“We played some nice football on a sticky wicket, created chances, but we can’t legislate for individual errors which have cost us once again.
“I thought the game changed on two real decisive moments. The first was when Pete Davidson should have scored. He hasn’t, and in the next breath Scott (Hartley) hasn’t come for the ball and their lad has nipped in and scored, and that was the swing between us being 2-1 up and them being 2-1 up. I think the whole momentum of the game changed on that moment.”
Bradley Barraclough, on loan from Blue Square Bet Premier club Lincoln City until the end of the season, continued his goal-a-game run.
Maxfield said: “He’s an excellent signing and he took his goal well. That’s five in five for him now.
“I feel sorry for the boy, to be fair. He’s scoring every week and we’re not reaping the rewards, but I’m sure if we play like that we will win more than we lose, and hopefully we can just cut out the individual mistakes.”
The boss also praised his two latest recruits, Davidson and Tom Burgin, who made their home debuts on Saturday.
“I thought both acquitted themselves very well,” he added. “Pete looked sharp, he got into the box and maybe he could have had a couple of goals. I don’t think there was anything Tom could have done about either of the goals.”
l James Baxendale, currently on loan at the Silverlands from Doncaster Rovers, was the winner of Buxton FC’s December Player of the Month award, pipping Steve Ridley and Tommy Agus to the honour. The award is voted for on the club supporters’ online forum.