Buxton 0-4 FC Halifax Town - match report

Buxton FC v Halifax, Neil Stevens
Buxton FC v Halifax, Neil Stevens

The Bucks were comprehensively swept aside by FC Halifax in their penultimate pre-season friendly.

Two goals in each half did the damage, with the visitors stepping up a gear ahead of their impending league season which starts this Saturday.

Buxton FC v Halifax,

Buxton FC v Halifax,

The game marked the return to the Silverlands of Marc Roberts, who played 45 minutes and put in a solid shift against his former side.

Of course Buxton still have an extra week to prepare for the new Evo-Stik Premier campaign, by which time they hope to have a few more bodies in the building.

With manager Martin McIntosh away on holiday, player-assistant Tim Ryan was handed the reins for the visit of last season’s Conference play-off semi-finalists.

Neil Stevens, Steve Istead, Jonathan Williams and Liam Hardy all came into the side and out went Greg Young, Alastair Taylor, Josh Davies and Mark Reed.

Goalkeeper Arron Jameson, formerly of Sheffield Wednesday, was once again handed a start as the Bucks continue to cast an eye over his credentials in the hope of thrashing out a deal.

Despite conceding four times in one afternoon, Jameson was hardly at fault for any of the goals.

Halifax’s third goal in particular was a terrific free-kick from Paul Marshall, just after the hour mark, which Jameson had no chance with.

The visitors had earlier seen Scott Boden grab a first-half brace; one from the spot and the other after latching on to a cross inside the box.

Up until half-time Buxton had seen the front two of Liam Hardy and Shaun Tuton link up well.

However, both found it tough going against a strong backline and as a result they were restricted to long-range attempts.

Halifax made a cluster of changes at the break and one of them, Jamie Jackson, made a mazy run before blasting over the bar within a minute of the restart.

A fourth came shortly after when Richard Peniket nodded home a rebound in the area.

The Bucks then had the chance of pulling one back when Tuton was felled inside the area.

However, the striker’s tame effort was stopped by Matt Glennon, who also kept out Craig King’s follow-up.

Substitute Alastair Taylor did his chances of earning a deal at the Silverlands no harm at all, when he created a couple of chances late on.

However, the Bucks just couldn’t find their way past a well-drilled Halifax side, who on this evidence will be competing for promotion next season.

Buxton’s final test of pre-season comes on Saturday, with the visit of Leek Town.

Bucks: Jameson, Ludlam, Green, Palmer, Stevens (Taylor 67), Niven, Istead, King, Williams (Davies 60), Tuton, Hardy.