BUXTON FC battled back from two goals down to salvage a point against Witton Albion on Saturday.
A draw had looked an unlikely result for the Bucks after a first half dominated by newly-promoted Witton, last season’s Evo-Stik First Division North playoff winners.
Josh Hancock gave the visitors the lead on 28 minutes and Rory Fallon doubled their advantage ten minutes after the restart with a fluke effort - his looping cross found the top corner of Steve Collis’ goal with a little help from the woodwork.
With Witton seemingly happy to sit back and protect their 2-0 lead, the Bucks upped the tempo and Kieran Lugsden reduced the arrears nine minutes later, scrambling the ball home from close range after a Kevin Sandwith set-piece.
Buxton were now in the ascendancy, and with just less than 20 minutes to play Lugsden was flattened in the box by Witton’s Daniel Andrews and substitute Kyle Nix calmly found the bottom corner of Matt Cooper’s goal with the spot-kick.
Buxton manager Martin McIntosh said: “A draw is a good result for us after going 2-0 down and, yes, it probably was fair. They had chances, we had chances, and for a neutral it would have been a good game to watch.
“For a lot of people (at 2-0 down) we must have looked dead and buried, but the character we have shown was outstanding and we could have gone on and won the game.
“We really opened them up in the second half, looked far fitter and we took the game to them. On another day we could have sneaked it.”
A concern for McIntosh will be the departure early in the first half of striker Mark Reed with a hamstring injury, making him and Marc Roberts, who also picked up a knock, doubts for Tuesday evening’s trip to Marine (kick-off 7.45pm).
For a full match report, pictures and more reaction, see Thursday’s Buxton Advertiser.
Buxton: Collis, Black, Sandwith, Istead, Haggerty, Roberts (Stevens, 46), Keane, Towey, Reed (Thewlis, 9), Lugsden, Duncum (Nix, 67). Subs not used: Maxfield, Turner.