Evo-Stik Premier Division: Buxton FC 2, Mickleover Sports 0
IT TOOK less than half an hour for returning striker Mark Reed to make an impact in his first game back at the Silverlands on Saturday.
The striker had almost put Buxton ahead inside the opening minutes through a flash of his trademark style but his overhead kick failed to connect with the ball.
He was in the right place at the right time though on 22 minutes to slide the ball home after Kieran Lugsden’s earlier shot was parried by Sports keeper Damian Clarke.
Indeed, it was Lugsden who had the first attempt of the match in the first two minutes but his effort was ruled out by referee Matthew Walsh.
At the other end, Scott Hartley had to be alert to deny Martin Smythe with a diving save on five minutes before Buxton were unable to capitalise from a series of free kick awards.
Just a minute after Buxton had taken the lead, the visitors were reduced to ten men when George Everett-Elliott picked up his second yellow card of the afternoon for fouling the on-rushing Lugsden. The resulting free kick was well curled by Martin Pembleton but just wide.
Buxton continued to search for a second goal throughout the first period but it wasn’t until the stroke of half time that they extended their advantage through Lugsden.
Less than minute after the restart, Lugsden had chance to make it 3-0 after being set up by Michael Towey but his effort went over the bar before Reed was denied by Clarke somehow getting a hand to his shot on 51 minutes.
The visitors introduced three new players and continued to cause problems for the Bucks throughout the second half but it was the home side who looked the most likely to score.
One of the best opportunities fell to Neil Stevens who showed off some fancy footwork to bypass a couple of Mickleover Sports players but his final touch wasn’t strong enough to trouble Clarke as it went well wide.
A couple of half chances followed for the Bucks but there were no further goals and the game ended with Liam Walshe’s shot for Mickleover sailing high over the crossbar as Buxton picked up a much needed three points to move them to 14th in the Evo-Stik Premier League.
Buxton: Hartley, Stevens. Wilde, Liversidge, Williams, Maxfield, Pembleton (Ovington 67), Towey, Reed (Hadley 88), Lugsden, Ridley. Attendance: 236.