Buxton’s momentum was halted by two early injuries as they were beaten 3-1 by Ilkeston FC.
Key defender Joel Bembo-Leta, clearly hindered, struggled on to the hour-mark, while midfield general Ricky Ravenhill likewise continued but only until midway in the first half and a first reshuffle was enforced.
Nonetheless the Bucks, against the run of play, took the lead in the 32nd minute when Ash Burbeary’s penetrating free-kick was headed home by Bradley Barraclough’s glancing header.
Phil Barnes had already shown more of his season’s good form, particularly with a good low save from loanee right-back Harness’s snap shot and then, having read the situation expertly, advanced to block Bako’s effort.
Ilkeston, after the interval, pressed hard for an equaliser and achieved it just past the hour courtesy of a generous slice of luck as Williams’s harmless looking effort was deflected past the wrong-footed Barnes.
Joel’s departure caused another reshuffle with Tom Buckley, showing his versatility, taking up his third position of the afternoon.
Two more injuries were further hampering the Bucks and it was no surprise when Williams doubled his tally in the 70th minute with a header that Barnes got a hand to but couldn’t keep out of goal.
The Bucks offered a response with Burbeary’s fierce 25-yard effort clearing the bar, while Alastair Taylor was cautioned for a retaliation to an offence overlooked by the officials.
The 81st minute produced a major turning-point when Taylor’s powerful run and nimble footwork took him past two challenges into the penalty area, but from his accurate pull-back the in-space Barraclough miskicked,
Ilkeston counter-attacked at pace and Greg Young’s undoubted foul led to a penalty which Atkinson scored after Barnes had parried the initial penalty to wrap up the points.
Buxton: (4-4-2) Barnes; Belezika, Bembo-Leta(J) (Wiles 61 mins), Young, Buckley; Taylor, Ravenhill (Green 22 mins), Burrell, Doran; Burbeary; Barraclough.
Unused subs. Bembo-Leta(F), Jameson.