Reed: no complaints over Ridley dismissal

BUXTON manager John Reed said he had no complaints over the dismissal of Steve Ridley in Wednesday night’s fiery Derbyshire Senior Cup game against Borrowash Victoria.

Midfielder Ridley was shown a straight red card in the 38th minute of the semi-final clash at the Silverlands following a challenge on a Borrowash player.

Speaking after the win, Reed said: “We had no complaints when the referee sent Ridley off. He owned up to stamping on a player and he accepted the consequences.”

But the manager also criticised a number of poor decisions by the match officials, including one to book striker Mark Reed on the stroke of half time after he was challenged by Borrowash’s Steve Banks.

Buxton eventually won the match 2-1, courtesy of a goal in each half by Kieran Lugsden and Reed, and now face a Derby County XI at Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium. Derby beat Glapwell 2-0 in the other semi-final.

Goalscorer Reed added: “We were really up for this match. It didn’t help going down to ten men, but you could tell in the second half it was a cup that is really important to us.”