Battling Buxton stop losing run after draw with Warrington Town

With a thoroughly gutsy display in the face of repeated adversity, Buxton equalised three times to draw 3-3 with Warrington Town, writes Tony Tomlinson.

Sunday, 16th January 2022, 5:20 pm
Updated Sunday, 16th January 2022, 6:39 pm
amie Ward celebrates the first of Buxton's three equalisers.
amie Ward celebrates the first of Buxton's three equalisers.

It ended a sequence of four consecutive single-goal defeats to claim a deserved draw from the meeting of two of the top five teams in the table.

The Bucks welcomed back from injury both Ben Turner and Jamie Ward and James Hurst after suspension. Home debuts were given to local man Dan Cowan, signed from Chester, forming a new centre-back partnership with Turner, and to former Premiership midfielder Ryan Taylor.

The visitors took a fifth-minute lead when Jordan Buckley swept home from close range.

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Buxton responded well with Ward's penetrating ball fractionally eluded the sliding Warren Clarke, then Tommy Elliott forced a good save and resulting corner-kick out of goalkeeper Atherton, after receiving another piercing Ward pass. The latter was soon involved again with another promising through ball, this time for Clarke, who was fouled by visiting captain Roberts.

It was entirely appropriate that Jamie should net convincingly from the penalty spot. The next goal had more than a touch of good fortune as Dixon's low shot was passing well wide of goal but it struck Buckley eight yards out to give the visitors a 2-1 lead on the half-hour.

Back came the Bucks who, 10 minutes on, netted a second equaliser through Tommy Elliott's tap-in. However, there was nothing fortunate about the final goal of the half when poor defending allowed Williams the space to score.

Ward blasted a 25-yard screamer narrowly over the bar after the break, before he missed with a long-range lob attempt.

In the 72nd minute Buxton tweaked their formation with a double substitution and it paid an immediate dividend as Clarke's pace took him to the by-line with Jamie Ward leaping high to head home the well-directed cross.

Though Town still looked a threat, it was increasingly the Bucks who pressed harder for a winner and in vain claimed to have struck it in the 84th minute, but the assistant believed the Ash Chambers shot had been cleared on and not from behind the goal-line.