Overpowered by second-half blitz

Buxton FC v North Ferriby, Mark Reed
Buxton FC v North Ferriby, Mark Reed

Evo-Stik Premier Division

Buxton FC 1, North Ferriby United 3

IF EVER a match was worthy of the proverbial ‘game of two halves’, this was it!

After Buxton has played so well in the first half to establish an interval lead, Ferriby hit back with two goals inside seven minutes at the start of the second period to turn the game on its head, and a third strike on 75 minutes ensured full points for the Humbersiders.

Buxton FC v North Ferriby, Steve Ridley

Buxton FC v North Ferriby, Steve Ridley

Again lacking Neil Stevens, Michael Towey and Martin Pembleton, the Bucks were unchanged from the generally impressive performance at Nantwich and were soon into their stride playing up the slope and into a stiff wind but missed an excellent chance of scoring from their first attack.

Josh Wilde crossed from the left, finding Buxton’s twin strikers unmarked beyond the far post.

Lugsden dummied and Reed, apparently surprised, missed the target with his shot from eight yards.

Trophy replay victors over higher-status Corby in midweek, the Villagers were strangely sluggish in defence and loanee James Baxendale created mayhem to force a corner. Then his fellow home debutant, Ollie Banks, found the underside of the bar with a firm header but the ball fell to a defender.

Buxton FC v North Ferriby

Buxton FC v North Ferriby

However, Buxton did take the lead in the 20th minute. Advancing purposefully from halfway, Kieran Lugsden fed Steve Ridley to his left and the diminutive midfielder shot high into the net from 20 yards.

Just four minutes later the lead should have been doubled as Mark Reed was put in the clear but the striker’s first touch allowed keeper Wilson to claim the ball and although Reed robbed him to find the net a foul, not a goal, was the decision.

Buxton were playing an attractive brand of passing soccer but without further reward, while the visitors were sharp on the attack, with Brooksby on the left and the predatory Bradshaw an intermittent threat.

After the interval that threat was twice converted into goals as Ferriby responded to a rousing ear-bashing from manager Billy Heath.

Only three minutes had passed before Bradshaw, at a left-flank corner, created space for himself ten yards from goal to net with a hooked shot in deflatingly simple fashion.

Sensing their opportunity, the Villagers soon took the lead through Bolder, whose surging run into the penalty area was capped with a ground shot across Scott Hartley into a corner of the net.

The home team’s shock at this startling reversal of fortunes had yet to subside when Brooksby scored the Villagers’ third goal 15 minutes from the end. Hartley got a hand to his 16-yard shot but couldn’t divert it sufficiently.

To their credit, the Bucks then fashioned several openings but without reward.

The strikers worked an opportunity but Lugsden’s shot was blocked, then Baxendale, put clear of the defence, saw his shot parried by keeper Wilson.

Lively substitute David Taylor clipped the bar with a 25-yard power drive before firing a low ball from the left for Reed to make contact close in only to send the ball wide of goal.

Buxton: Black, Williams, Agus, Wilde, Baxendale, Banks, Maxfield (Taylor, 81), Ridley, Reed, Lugsden. Substitutes: S. Johnson, Liversidge, Bradbury. Att: 214.