BUXTON 2-1 HALESOWEN: Reed hits the Mark with 250th strike for Bucks

Mark Reed netted his 250th Buxton FC goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over Halesowen.
Mark Reed netted his 250th Buxton FC goal in Saturday's 2-1 win over Halesowen.
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Buxton got back to winning ways after coming from behind to defeat Halesowen at the Silverlands.

Second half strikes from Shaun Tuton and Mark Reed, with his 250th strike in Buxton colours, sealed the points after the visitors took the lead from the penalty spot.

The only blotch for the Bucks was Alastair Taylor’s late red card for a reckless lunge.

Martin McIntosh handed debuts to Leigh Franks and Laurie Wilson, who both joined the club earlier in the week.

The first half was gritty to say the least.

Misplaced passes and solid defending was the order of the day and as a result there wasn’t too much to write home about.

Aaron Forde created the first opening for Halesowen but he shot straight at Arron Jameson.

In response, debutant Wilson hit a sweetly-struck effort just over with the ‘keeper back-pedalling.

Shaun Tuton looked the liveliest of the home attackers with his pace and trickery keeping the Halesowen backline occupied.

His best effort came right at the end of the half when he was threaded through by Niven, only to see his chipped effort saved by the visiting stopper.

The second half started with veteran Iyesden Christie glancing a header wide of Arron Jameson’s goal.

Down the other end Liam Hardy had his first real sniff just after, but his effort was prodded wide.

Buxton then upped the ante and Taylor’s dangerous cross into the box was hesistantly hacked away by Halesowen’s defence.

The pace went off however and Halesowen began to pepper the Bucks’ box with a number of long-throws by Tom Tonks.

One of these led to a penalty after Wilson was adjudged to have handled in the area.

Iyesden Christie stepped up and blasted beyond Jameson from the spot.

The Bucks rallied and mustered an equaliser in fine fashion.

Jameson’s punt forward was knocked on by Craig King, Mark Reed flicked it into the path of Tuton and the striker slid the ball beyond the ‘keeper to cap off a fine move.

Then came the moment all Bucks supporters, and Reed in particular, had been waiting for.

The substitute held off a defender and then lobbed exquisitely over the Halesowen stopper to cue rapturous applause from the Silverlands fans.

Halesowen threatened thereafter with Robinson planting a header over the bar before Taylor saw red for a clumsy foul.

Buxton: Jameson, Green, Franks, Young, Palmer, Istead (Reed 50), Niven, Wilson, Taylor, Tuton, Hardy (King 72). Substitutes: Reay, Ryan, Williams, Reed, King.

Attendance: 382.