Buxton 1-2 Stamford - match report

Martin McIntosh.
Martin McIntosh.

Buxton suffered a blow in their promotion charge, as they went down to Stamford at home in their first outing of 2015.

A goal in each half sealed the Bucks’ fate in a game where they never really got going.

Stamford were reduced down to ten men midway through the second half and although they scored from the penalty spot, it wasn’t quite enough to claim a point.

Martin McIntosh made two enforced changes from the derby win over Matlock, with Neil Stevens (banned) and Alastair Taylor (injury) replaced by Derek Niven and Jonathan Williams.

Jamie Green, celebrating his 100th outing in Buxton colours, created the first real chance of the game on 20 minutes when his free-kick from just outside the area was hit straight at the Stamford stopper Andy Stevens.

Until then the opening exchanges were scrappy and cagey with both sides taking time to get used to the heavy Silverlands pitch.

The next half-chance again came from the foot of Green.

This time his free-kick, which was further out, sailed well over the bar.

Stamford then took the lead against the run of play with virtually their first sniff of a goal-scoring chance.

A corner was initially cleared behind by Jonathan Williams and from the second set-piece Jordan Smith pounced from under the bar after Arron Jameson’s tame flap fell into his path.

It was another howler from Jameson, who has certainly had his critics during his first season with the Bucks.

The Bucks came out for the second half in determined mood and with Mark Reed entering the fray in place of Williams at the interval.

Liam Hardy’s free-kick was rifled straight at Stevens as the hosts ramped up the pressure.

Shaun Tuton then fired just wide inside the area, before his snapshot was hit straight at Stevens.

Stamford then went two goals in front on the hour mark when another Jameson error gifted them a goal.

A free-kick from 30 yards out was drilled home by Dan Lawlor.

Jameson managed to get a hand to the effort but it wasn’t enough to prevent the ball flying past him and into the net.

Buxton were handed a small reprieve soon after when Stamford were reduced to ten men after a second booking for goalscorer Lawlor.

Derek Niven shot straight at Stevens as the hosts attempted to get back into the game before Greg Young then headed over.

The Bucks then won a way back into the game when they were awarded a penalty after handball by a Stamford man in the crowded area.

Laurie Wilson proceeded to drill the hosts back into the game from the spot.

Buxton then piled on the pressure but Stamford held on for the three points.

Bucks: Jameson, Byrne, Young, Palmer, Green, Niven (Stacey 78), Williams (Reed 46), Wilson, King, Tuton, Hardy

Subs not used: Ryan, Doyle, Taylor.

Att: 281