Belper 1-1 Buxton - Report

Belper Town v Buxton (red), Nabil Shariff
Belper Town v Buxton (red), Nabil Shariff

Buxton dropped two points at rock-bottom Belper, hitting the woodwork twice in the second half.

The result means the Bucks slip down to seventh in the league, and four points shy of the play-offs.

With both sides desperate for victory for different reasons, it was an end-to-end A6 derby although the result does no favours for either side.

The substantial travelling support had the pre-match delight of seeing the return of former hero, Bradley Barraclough, on a month’s loan from Bradford Park Avenue and he slotted in well alongside Mark Reed.

Reed’s neat link-up play was in evidence as his team made a positive opening against the bottom club.

Belper understandably committed lots of men to attacks but it was the Bucks who opened the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Belper Town v Buxton (red),

Belper Town v Buxton (red),

A corner was cleared back to the taker, Laurie Wilson, and from his cross Barraclough headed home to cap a quickfire goal on his return to the club.

Jon Froggatt had an early chance to equalise but miscued a header wide from a right-wing cross.

Belper debutant Nabil Shariff then had a chance just before the break but Arron Jameson denied him with a fine save.

Belper seized the initiative after half-time and up to the hour the visitors didn’t once penetrate the hosts’ penalty area.

Martin McIntosh made a double substitution introducing the lively duo of Shaun Tuton and Alastair Taylor.

The pair impressed while Liam Hardy headed against the bar shortly after.

Five minutes later it was Craig Nelthorpe who hit the woodwork after Hardy set him up.

At the other end Belper’s substitutes were lively with Matthews on the left hammering a cross that eluded everyone, while Stevenson’s pace proved a danger.

However, it was Shariff who provided the 81st minute equaliser when he netted from close range after Jameson dealt well with Stevenson’s initial cross.

Buxton failed to break down the Nailers in the remaining minutes and were forced to settle for a point.

Saturday sees Buxton host Ashton United before Trafford visit the Silverlands next Tuesday.

Bucks: Jameson, Byrne (Burbeary 84), Palmer, Meynell, Green, Stevens, Wilson, Nelthorpe, Barraclough (Taylor 60), Reed (Tuton 60), Hardy