Matlock 0-0 Buxton - Report and pictures from High Peak derby holiday Monday clash

Matlock Town v Buxton. Pictured for Buxton is Neil Stevens.
Matlock Town v Buxton. Pictured for Buxton is Neil Stevens.

Buxton were held to a stalemate for a 16th time this season, after playing out a drab goalless affair at neighbours Matlock on Monday.

The Bucks made the short journey down the A6 knowing that their play-off hopes had all but disappeared with the draw with Marine just 48 hours prior.

Matlock Town v Buxton. Pictured for Buxton is Greg Young.

Matlock Town v Buxton. Pictured for Buxton is Greg Young.

However, with local pride at stake there was great interest in the fixture especially with all three of Matlock’s management team being ex-Buxton players.

Bucks’ chief Martin McIntosh had to do without the services of Joe McGee who went off injured on Saturday and made two changes to the side.

Alastair Taylor returned from suspension and Ash Burbeary, after an inspired second half showing from the bench against Marine, came in for Rhys Meynell with Jamie Green reverting to his familiar left-back berth.

On a gloriously sunny bank holiday both sides struggled to come to terms with the hard, bumpy pitch.

Matlock Town v Buxton. Pictured for Buxton is Neil Stevens.

Matlock Town v Buxton. Pictured for Buxton is Neil Stevens.

The match won’t be one that will stick in the memory with very few chances created throughout the 90 minutes.

Former Bucks loanee Otis Khan had the first chance of the afternoon early on but his weak shot was easily saved.

Buxton then responded but Burbeary, who was again their most creative player, turned sharply only to see his dink sail wide.

Matlock’s Ted Cribley tested Arron Jameson from distance and Alastair Taylor floated a cross that nearly embarrassed Kennedy in the Matlock goal but clearcut chances remained at a premium.

The of the half came after 30 minutes when a swift Matlock raid down the right resulted in a low cross that Niall McManus stooped to head at goal only for Jameson to show great reflexes to keep out the effort.

Khan then had a shot from distance that flew over before Matlock were reduced to 10 men when midfielder Nicky Travis saw a straight red card for a bad challenge on Green that gave referee Hull no choice but to dismiss him.

The Bucks couldn’t take advantage of being a man better off in the second period with an over reliance on the long ball that was easily dealt with by the hosts defence.

Greg Young tested Kennedy from a Green corner on 50 minutes, Liam Hardy failed to control the ball when put through and Burbeary’s off-target shot from 20 yards were Buxton’s only real chances of the second half.

As is expected in a local derby, there was a smattering of bookings although the referee did well to keep a lid on proceedings.

It was Matlock who finished the game the stronger, despite being a man down, with the pace of Khan and McManus causing problems and they thought a penalty had been earned in the final minute.

Ludlam and McManus came together in the box but the well-positioned referee turned down the protests as spoils were shared.

Bucks: Jameson, Ludlam, Green, Jordan (Meynell 35), Palmer, Young, Taylor, Stevens, Tuton (Stacey 81), Hardy, Burbeary.