FA Trophy First Round Proper Replay
Buxton 0, Grimsby Town 1
AN IAN Miller headed goal just minutes from time broke Buxton hearts on Wednesday night as they exited the FA Trophy after a battling performance home and away.
The Bucks had put up a superb fight over almost 180 minutes and pushed their Blue Square Bet Premier League opponents all the way but the Mariners just managed to nick victory as the game looked to be heading towards extra-time.
In front of a Silverlands crowd of 444, Buxton made their intentions clear from the start as they created openings inside the first 15 minutes. But it was Steve Istead who had the first real chance of the match when he volleyed wide on the quarter-hour mark.
Five minutes later, Marc Roberts headed a Kevin Sandwith corner wide for the Bucks before Michael Towey headed high and wide following a Sandwith free-kick.
David Haggerty was in the thick of the action with 27 minutes gone but his glancing header from Sandwith’s corner narrowly missed the target.
At the other end. Dayle Southwell’s forward run was blocked by solid Buxton defending with home keeper Ian Deakin having no problem collecting the shot.
Straight after, Aswad Thomas’ long-range effort was parried well by Deakin, who also had no problem dealing with the follow-up effort.
Buxton were dealt a blow with almost 40 minutes gone when Michael Towey limped off and was replaced by ex-Hibernian and Nottingham Forest player Matt Thornhill, making his full home debut.
And Thornhill wasted no time getting in the thick of the action, though his low drive lacked power and failed to trouble visiting keeper James McKeown.
After the break, the visitors started the brighter, but efforts from Derek Niven and Dayle Southwell were off target.
A Marcus Marshall corner for the Mariners on 61 minutes was immediately cleared by the Bucks as the game remained at deadlock.
For Buxton, Lee Morris found himself in space on 66 minutes but disappointingly shot straight at keeper McKeown before Thomas hit the side-netting for Grimsby on 68 minutes.
Thomas’ free-kick on 71 minutes was poor and easily cleared by Buxton who were grateful for Deakin’s quick reaction to Shaun Pearson’s well-struck volley from the edge of the area on 77 minutes.
The visitors were now enjoying the best of the possession and Craig Disley fired wide a minute later before Pearson skied his effort following a Grimsby corner.
Grant Black fired high and wide for Buxton on 82 minutes before Thornhill again found himself in a good position on 84 minutes. His effort on the turn was dragged wide and extra-time appeared to be looming.
With the home crowd behind them, Buxton were buoyed by a fantastic run into the box by Sandwith on 85 minutes, but his efforts proved fruitless as Grimsby cleared the danger.
A minute later and the deadlock was finally broken when Miller headed home for Grimsby following a corner.
In the dying minutes of the game, Southwell’s solo run ended with him shooting across the face of goal before a Buxton free-kick after a foul on Lee Morris was cleared.
The final whistle brought much disappointment for the Bucks, who had produced a solid performance against the former Football League team, who will now face a home tie against either Braintree Town or Havant and Waterlooville in the next round of the competition.
Buxton: Deakin, Black, Sandwith, Istead, Haggerty (Stevens 81), Roberts, Lugsden, Towey (Thornhill 37), Morris, Maxfield, Duncum (Bradbury 84).
Grimsby: McKeown, Thomas, Niven, Pearson, Miller, Disley, Pearson (Hannah 85), Wood, Southwell, Marshall (Soares 75), Rankine (Cook 58).