Buxton claim scalp of league leaders in FA Trophy

Buxton FC v North Ferriby,
Buxton FC v North Ferriby,

Buxton 2, North Ferriby United 1

GOALS from Michael Towey and Kieran Lugsden gave Buxton a 2-1 victory over North Ferriby United on Saturday to make it through to the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

In cup action for the second successive Saturday, Buxton were without the injured Kyle Nix and Sam Duncum as well as cup-tied winger Anthony Griffith Junior.

The visitors meanwhile have two former Bucks in their ranks in the form of Steve Ridley and Gregg Anderson, who missed the chance to face his former teammates.

The first half brought little in terms of real chances for either side with both teams being relatively evenly matched.

With 15 minutes gone, Lee Morris found himself with space in the box but his overhead kick was narrowly wide of the target.

Mark Reed found himself in a one-on-one with keeper Adam Nicklin on 25 minutes but his attempt to lift the ball over his head was thwarted by the referee who interrupted play to award the home side a free-kick. Grant Black’s shot was well struck but just crept past the post.

With 29 minutes on the clock, Towey did well under pressure to send a fantastic cross into the box for Morris but the onrushing striker was unable to connect with the ball.

A succession of set-pieces for both sides followed as the half wore on, but neither team could capitalise and the first period ended in a stalemate.

After the break, the game appeared to be heading for a replay but just before the hour mark, the home side made the breakthrough when Michael Towey rose unmarked to head home from a Scott Maxfield cross.

This seemed to give the Bucks fresh impetus and they created some decent openings as the half wore on.

But on 78 minutes, the visitors were back on level terms.

Chris Bolder timed his move perfectly to head home from Ben Hunter’s corner kick.

The stalemate didn’t last long though as Buxton took the lead again four minutes later.

Substitute Kieran Lugsden capitalised on a mistake by the visitors to tap home and secure an away trip to Stamford AFC for the Bucks in the next stage of the competition.

Buxton: Deakin, Black, Sandwith, Istead, Keane, Roberts, Stevens, Towey, Reed, Morris (Lugsden 60), Maxfield. Attendance: 215.