Barwell 1-0 Buxton - match report

Mark Reed.
Mark Reed.
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A depleted Buxton suffered a first defeat in six at Barwell last Saturday, in a game when Martin McIntosh’s side never got going.

The Bucks were missing Ash Palmer through suspension, whilst Lee Morris was only fit enough to start on the bench.

Mark Reed once again led the line, but after a poor first-half showing Craig King quickly deployed a place alongside him up front.

Morris was introduced midway through the second half but it was to no avail as the visitors failed to trouble the Barwell goalkeeper.

The bobbly pitch was making the game difficult for both sides and the result was a game lacking any real quality or chances.

After defeating Skelmersdale 5-0 just four days previously, Barwell maintained a strong defensive base without ever looking like repeating their goalscoring antics.

The only goal of the game came 14 minutes into the contest when Luke Barlone latched on to a pass before converting beyond Andy Warrington.

Buxton then attempted to work their way back in, but Reed found Barwell’s Jamie Hood marking his every move, whilst going forward the hosts were well served by former Northern Ireland international Tony Capaldi.

The only efforts of any real note for Buxton were a couple of first-half chances for Stuart Ludlam.

The full-back, deployed as a centre-half in Palmer’s absence, saw two efforts inside the box well-blocked.

The rest of the half was a poor affair, with wayward passing not being helped by windy conditions.

The second half opened with a couple of corners for Barwell, which were both dealt with by Warrington but Buxton struggled in vain to find any real fluency.

Warrington was almost then caught out by the wicked bounce from a Capaldi free-kick, but the veteran managed to scuttle back and tip it over the bar.

At the other end Derek Niven launched a 25-yard effort but the pitch helped out the hosts as the ball bobbled up, meaning Niven’s effort soared high and wide.

As the clock ticked down Barwell seemed content to hold on to their narrow advantage.

McIntosh, who could only name three substitutes, gave James Handley a late run-out but the under-19 product was unable to get any real momentum in the final few minutes of the game.

The result means Buxton moved to five points off the top-half, on 54 points (before last night’s home game against Matlock).

Bucks: Warrington, Stevens, Ludlam, Brooks, Green, Istead (Handley 83), Niven, Thornhill, Davies (Morris 67), King, Reed.

Sub not used: Ryan.