Buxton’s all-time record goalscorer Mark Reed says he couldn’t have asked for a better scenario in which to hit his landmark goal for the club.
Fans’ favourite Reed hit the winner during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Halesowen to register 250 goals for the Bucks.
The match-winning strike maintained Buxton’s promotion aspirations and Reed says the ovation he received made it the perfect occasion.
He told the Advertiser: “I couldn’t have written it any better.
“I said beforehand that I wanted to score it (250th goal) at home, in an important game and get the winner.
“It was perfect - for me to come off the bench and make a difference in the game.
“It was also nice to show that I can still run into channels and finish them off.”
When looking back on his Bucks’ career - which first started 12 years ago this month and has included three separate stints - Reed says he still has to ‘pinch himself’ of how much he has achieved at the club.
He said: “I never really expected to play semi-pro football or that I would make money out of football.
“I sometimes have to pinch myself that I’ve scored so many goals.
“I’m honoured and really proud of my achievements.”
The remarkable tally of 250 goals for just one club led to an outpouring of praise on social media on Saturday evening, with many supporters from other clubs also chipping in with compliments.
Reed says his close affinity with the Bucks is borne out of a mutual respect between him and the Silverlands faithful.
He said: “The supporters have always been on my side.
“I wouldn’t say I’m a gifted footballer in any way - I’ll be the first to admit that - but I do try and I do put in 100%, in terms of effort.
“I think Buxton and the fans know what I’m about and they’ve always welcomed me.
“The fans give me the confidence - I’m a confidence player.
“Every week there’s someone saying to me ‘I hope you get on Reedy’ or ‘I hope you score Reedy’. Psychologically it makes huge difference to someone like me, who thrives on confidence.
“People believe in me at this club.”
Although happy to celebrate the milestone, the 33-year-old was quick to remind everyone that there’s plenty more left in the tank.
He believes the club are well-poised to maintain their push for promotion, despite the midweek wobble at Grantham when the Bucks went down 3-1.
He added: “As a team we’re the total opposite to last season.
“We’re defending as well as we did last season, but now we’re scoring goals at the other end.
“We’ve gone from having one up front to two or three now.
“It’s pleasing to see that we’re doing well in the league.
“The first game I saw Toots and Liam, I knew if we could keep them fit and motivated then we’d have a really good chance because those two have pace, aggression and power and will score goals in any team.
“But you can’t win our league with a threadbare squad.
“You need strength in depth and we’ve got some great players sitting on the bench, which is testament to the gaffer.
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of the club.”