BUXTON FC — on a high following last weekend’s thumping of Retford United — make the long trip to North Yorkshire on Saturday to face Whitby Town in the Evo-Stik Premier Division.
Mark Reed bagged a hat-trick as the Bucks beat basement club Retford 7-0 at the Silverlands, with Michael Towey, Kieran Lugsden and substitute Kamahl Whight also among the goals.
Boss John Reed was “pleased as punch” with the result, but said his side would aim to keep their feet on the ground with a packed fixture schedule of 23 league games still to play over the course of the next four months.
“We are not going to get carried away, because there’s a lot of games to go, but we are in good shape. We looked a good side,” he explained after Saturday’s win, which closed the gap on second-placed Colwyn Bay to just two points.
“It was just an absolutely fantastic performance. It was one of those games that could have been a banana skin. We’re up there at the top and they’re at the bottom, but the lads had great determination, great focus, great desire, and the tempo of the team was just sensational.
“We take our hats off to our lads. It’s easy to criticise when they don’t do it. We were really hungry, didn’t drop off (at half time) and this might sound ridiculous, but 7-0 really flattered them. Their goalkeeper was absolutely sensational and it could have been 15 if it hadn’t been for him.”
The manager also reserved praise for his own custodian, Scott Hartley, who made a string of saves early in the first half which kept the Bucks in the game and eventually earned them a clean sheet, and for the performance of central defender Matt Heywood.
Kieran Lugsden, he said, remained a constant thorn in the side of the Retford defence all afternoon, while Towey and Reed were punishing in front of goal.
“I liked the goals because they were team goals,” he added. “Every one, we passed it four, five times and at the end of it we got a goal.
“Our approach play was superb, and obviously our finishing was absolutely outstanding.
“I’m glad the crowd appreciate what we are trying to do. We are trying to pass the ball, we did get it down on a very heavy pitch, and I take my hat off to Graeme and the staff. They need to be mentioned in this. They worked hard to get the game on, and we have rewarded them with a first-class performance.”
Buxton travel to Whitby Town on Saturday (kick-off 3pm) having won on their last visit to the Turnbull Ground last April, when the match finished 5-1.
Goals on that occasion came from Reed, Scott Maxfield, Gregg Anderson, Lee Morris and Neil Stevens.
Next Wednesday (January 19), the Bucks return to the Silverlands for the Quarter Final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup against Evo-Stik First Division South side Belper Town (kick-off 7.45pm).
In player news, teenage striker Jack Watts has been released from the squad at his own request, having again failed to make the 16-man squad for the game against Retford.
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