Stalybridge trip to end Bucks’ pre-season programme

ON TARGET: Kieran Lugsden netted twice for the Bucks against a Sheffield Wednesday XI. NBUA120102B. Photo: Jason Chadwick.
ON TARGET: Kieran Lugsden netted twice for the Bucks against a Sheffield Wednesday XI. NBUA120102B. Photo: Jason Chadwick.

BUXTON FC round off their pre-season programme of friendly fixtures on Saturday with the tough challenge of a visit to Blue Square North outfit Stalybridge Celtic, who last weekend defeated former Football League club Grimsby Town 2-1.

Manager Martin McIntosh’s men should approach the game with ample confidence after two Silverlands victories in the past week.

A week last Wednesday, the Bucks won convincingly 4-1 against a predominantly young Sheffield Wednesday XI which was, however, bolstered by the considerable presence of three experienced players in defenders Julian Bennett and Mark Reynolds, and midfielder Gilles Coke.

Kieran Lugsden, back from his twin brother’s wedding, netted twice in the first quarter of the game. His first was a confidently-taken individual effort after he wrong-footed both central defenders, while the second, three minutes later, came from the penalty spot following a hand-ball decision.

In the second period, centre-back David Haggerty opened his Buxton account with a header from a Kevin Sandwith cross, while the left-back added the fourth himself with a nicely-flighted free-kick.

Wednesday’s reply likewise came from the penalty spot following a foul by Marc Roberts.

Last Saturday, the loanee centre-back scored the game’s only goal with a 70th-minute header from a Grant Black free-kick as Buxton defeated Division One South neighbours Leek Town in a surprisingly bruising encounter.