Buxton 2-2 Stamford - match report

Buxton's two-goal hero, Lee Morris
Buxton's two-goal hero, Lee Morris

A stirring recovery in the last hour of Wednesday’s match, achieved with ten men, earned Buxton a well-deserved point, and with better finishing the evening could have produced a famous and most unlikely victory.

Manager Martin McIntosh fielded a team promising all-out attack. With midfielders Matt Thornhill and Derek Niven absent, the home team featured two strikers and two wingers.

Early on Craig King fired in a firm shot which goalkeeper Jones fumbled, before the good start derailed in the ninth minute. Referee Simms deemed a grounded but late tackle by Alistair Taylor as being high and showed the winger a red card.

Inevitably it took time for ‘The Bucks’ to adapt and a period of indecisive defending allowed the visitors to score twice in six minutes through centre-back Jarvis and striker Robbins.

Indeed Stamford’s pace in attack continued to trouble the home defence but there was no sign of capitulation and in the 35th minute the fightback was underway.

Striker Liam Hardy, who has made an impressive start in his loan spell, crossed from the left and Lee Morris headed home from close range.

However, either side of the interval, The Daniels missed opportunities to restore their two-goal lead and both featured Robbins. A rapid counter-attack freed Robbins on the left, but with only Andy Warrington to beat he fired directly at the veteran keeper.

Then immediately after the interval he forced Warrington into another save but Richards fired the rebound over the bar from six yards.

Nonetheless with a small crowd cheering on the underdogs, Buxton took control in midfield and Morris missed a clear chance to equalise. Hardy set him up in the clear ten yards out but his shot was wide of the target.

The pressure was maintained and in the 70th minute Morris did score, netting convincingly with a penalty kick after Hardy was fouled.

Securing a winning goal proved a step too far, but the draw was hard-earned and very creditable, yet the abiding feeling was that the proceedings had been determined by the apparent misjudgment by a referee who thereafter struggled to maintain control.

Buxton: Warrington, Ludlam, Palmer, Brooks, Green, Stevens, Davies, Taylor, Morris, Hardy, King. Substitutes not used: Reed, Ryan, Istead, Johnson, Stanway.

Attendance: 151