Skelmersdale 2-0 Buxton - match report

Buxton skipper Steve Istead saw his mistake lead to Skelmersdale's second goal.
Buxton skipper Steve Istead saw his mistake lead to Skelmersdale's second goal.

Buxton’s losing streak continued last weekend at title-chasing Skelmersdale, who gained revenge for their defeat earlier in the season.

With the strong winds, accompanied by driving rain in their favour, the hosts did virtually all of their best attacking work before the interval.

The second goal arrived just before the break and after that United seemed content to merely hold on to their two-goal cushion rather than extend it.

Martin McIntosh gave debuts to Stuart Ludlam and Alastair Taylor after the duo arrived earlier in the week from Sheffield FC and Alfreton respectively.

The pair replaced Neil Stevens and Tim Ryan in the starting line-up, whilst Mark Reed was given a rare start in place of the injured Lee Morris.

The hosts certainly dominated the opening exchanges and it took less than 12 minutes for Neil Prince to open the scoring.

Prince, an experienced former Conference player, was pulling the strings in midfield and he was in the right place at the right time when the first real chance of the game arrived.

Astbury’s low cross from the byline was diverted to the edge of the penalty area where it fell to Prince, who finished well.

The Bucks made a determined response with Steve Istead shooting over the bar but that was as good their chances got.

Skelmersdale then doubled their advantage just before the break to knock the stuffing out of McIntosh’s men.

Istead’s backpass was woefully short and it was duly pounced on by Ashley Dunn, who thumped past Andy Warrington on 44 minutes.

Buxton enjoyed more possession after the re-start as the heavy rain settled and McIntosh altered his formation three times in a bid to get back into the game.

Craig King’s cross picked out Reed, whose overhead kick was dealt with by home stopper Hibbert.

Buxton continued to step up the pressure and King himself troubled Hibbert with a rasping drive late on, but there was no beating the goalkeeper.

Despite another defeat that makes it six league losses on the bounce, Davies, Taylor and Reed all got some much-needed match minutes under their belts - a welcome boost for McIntosh.

Bucks: Warrington, Ludlam, Palmer, Harris, Green, Taylor (Davies), Istead, Niven, Thornhill, King, Reed.