MATCH REPORT: Buxton FC 0, Stocksbridge Park Steels 1

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Buxton slipped to a narrow defeat at home to Stocksbridge Park Steels, after a rare away win for the South Yorkshire side.

Despite continuous pressure from the hosts, the visitors held on to an early goal from Nathan Joynes for their first away success since April.

Buxton started the brighter with Matt Thornhill rifling the first effort of the night just wide of the right-hand post after four minutes.

Despite the positive start, it was the visitors who hit the Bucks with a sucker punch when they opened the scoring.

A simple ball was threaded between Ash Palmer and Jack Broadhead allowing Joynes to coolly slot past the onrushing Andy Warrington to make it 1-0.

Buxton responded with a sense of urgency in their play, with most attacks being born from the left-wing thanks to the trickery of Craig King.

On countless occasions the former Leicester man sprinted past the Steels’ backline only to see a cross go begging.

Moments later a free-kick was floated into the visitors’ area where new signing Carlos Logan was waiting, however his looping header just fell the wrong side of the goal.

King then had an even better chance when a ball was crossed into the area and he somehow managed to put his effort wide when it looked easier to score.

There was a shock at the break when King was replaced by Kieran Lugsden.

Logan then became the main outlet for Bucks attacks but became increasingly frustrated as the Steels’ defence continually crowded him out.

Despite the heavy rain settling down, both teams were struggling to create clear-cut chances.

On 70 minutes a flick-on fell to Thornhill but his volley just went wide of the post with goalkeeper Jack Ward stranded to the spot.

Soon after Will Senior’s speculative drive had to be tipped away by Warrington.

At the other end Steve Istead saw a dipping drive expertly tipped over by Ward.

A goalmouth scramble then ensued before Steels hurriedly cleared the ball.

As the clock ticked down the Bucks heaped the pressure on and bombarded the Steels area but the visitors held on for only their second win of the campaign on a thoroughly frustrating evening at the Silverlands.

Bucks: Warrington, Black, Broadhead, Palmer, Green, Istead. Niven, Thornhill, Logan (Redshaw 70), Morris, King (Lugsden 46).