Buxton 1-0 Frickley - match report
Mark Reed came off the bench to score his 237th goal for Buxton with what proved to be the match-winner.
Reed had only been on the pitch for 13 minutes when he got on the end of a Scott Maxfield corner to power a header home.
The goal came with only a quarter of an hour remaining and broke what was an otherwise strong resistance from the Frickley backline.
It was Buxton’s first win at Westfield Lane in seven attempts (the last victory coming back in 1996).
Frickley’s defence was well-organised and as such did their job in so much as frustrating Martin McIntosh’s side.
Lee Morris, fresh from a two-goal showing on the opening day, received his usual unfavourable reception on his return to Frickley and was starved of any real goal-scoring opportunity in the first half.
Andy Warrington pulled off a good save just before the break, getting down low before somehow managing to keep out Gavin Allot’s header which seem destined for the goal.
As the second half wore on McIntosh tinkered with his line-up.
The introduction of Matt Thornhill, who recovered from a recent thigh complaint, Leon Osborne and Reed saw a reinvigorated Bucks side.
The step-up in terms of attacking intent, culminated in Reed’s goal on 77 minutes, with a bullet header that simply sailed past Frickley stopper Tom Woodhead.
Ryan and Jack Broadhead in particular, impressed towards the closing stages as the Bucks held on for the win.
Bucks: Warrington, Black, Ryan, Broadhead, Green, King, Niven, Istead (Osborne), Maxfield, Stevens (Thornhill), Morris (Reed).