Buxton 4-2 Droylsden - match report

Mark Reed was on the scoresheet against Droylsden
Mark Reed was on the scoresheet against Droylsden

Buxton romped to a straightforward victory over whipping boys Droylsden at the Silverlands on Saturday.

Two goals either side of the break did the damage for the hosts, with Lee Morris and Mark Reed both scoring headers.

Sam Brooks and Craig King netted at the start of the second half, before the visitors grabbed two goals to spark a revival that was too little, too late.

The first half was a largely uninspiring affair with Buxton bossing the majority of play and creating a smattering of chances.

Already-relegated Droylsden gave it a good go also, with a few efforts on goal, but never looked like finding the net.

The first chance came out of the Bucks’ carelessness when Andy Warrington almost gifted the visitors an opener after he sold a backpass short.

Domaine Rouse moved in but his lobbed effort just landed the wrong side of the post.

Another goalkeeping error from Droyslden’s Craig Dootson almost had disastrous consequences when he completely missed the ball but managed to hack it away just in time.

The Bucks created a few notable efforts with Josh Davies testing the stopper from distance before Sam Brooks’ header just went the wrong side of the post.

Morris then managed to connect to King’s cross from the left and direct it into the goal five minutes before the break.

On the brink of the interval, the visitors saw a rare foray forward end with a shot smacking the outside of the post in what was another close shave for the Bucks.

Another worry for Martin McIntosh was the departure just before the break of Matt Thornhill. The midfielder was replaced by player-assistant Tim Ryan.

The Bucks started the second half in fine style when Reed headed home a Davies corner with consummate ease.

After a period of scrappy play the Bucks added a third, on 67 minutes.

Brooks, who netted the previous week against FC United, finished in style after Droylsden failed to clear their lines from a corner.

Sixteen-year-old forward James Handley was then introduced in place of Derek Niven midway through the half; a clear sign of the lack of depth McIntosh’s squad possesses.

King added the fourth after latching on to the ball from the left, darting into the area and prodding the ball beyond the onrushing goalkeeper.

Droylsden then took advantage of the sheer gap between the two sides by netting twice late on.

First Keano Deacon bagged a shot from distance on 83 minutes that flew past Warrington.

Warrington was replaced just after the goal by youngster John Stanway.

The replacement stopper’s first task was to pick the ball out of the net when Droylsden grabbed a surprise second.

A cross from the left was met by the head of Jake Parker to set up a nervy finish, but the Bucks held on to move on to 61 points ahead of the trip to Matlock on Easter Monday.

Buxton: Warrington (Stanway 84), Stevens, Palmer, Brooks, Green, Niven (Handley 69), Thornhill (Ryan 43), Davies, King, Morris, Reed. Attendance: 210.