Buxton progress in FA Cup

Buxton eased to a 2-0 win over Newcastle Benfield in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Bucks’ goals came from a couple of defenders, with Jamie Green’s opener followed by Greg Young’s header.

Jonathan Williams had missed a penalty at 1-0 - the Bucks’ third miss from the spot in as many attempts - but it didn’t cost the hosts who progressed to the next round.

The first half was a poor showing from both sides, with misplaced passes aplenty and a lack of goalscoring opportunities for either side.

Step 9 club Benfield had a few decent chances in the opening ten minutes.

Michael Riley first saw a pot-shot go just wide, before Paul King missed a glorious chance to open the scoring when he scuffed wide inside the box.

Buxton then stepped up a gear and created a couple of openings, with Jamie Green seeing an effort sail wide and Greg Young planting a header straight into the visitors’ stopper’s hands.

Liam Hardy was lively in patches and had an effort charged down by the alert Benfield backline.

Jack Errington then saw his header just go wide of Arron Jameson’s post after a good delivery caught out the home defence.

On 43 minutes, Buxton took the lead when Jamie Green opened the scoring in comical fashion.

The goal came after a Benfield defender saw his attempted clearance cannon back off a post.

The ball then fell to King whose effort was well-saved by the ‘keeper before Green finished from the spillage for his third goal of the season.

There was a further chance to extend the lead before the break but Benfield got back in numbers to charge down the Bucks’ attempts as it remained 1-0 at the break.

Tuton burst forward and played a great one-two with Hardy before being felled by the Benfield stopper Andrew Grainger, although it looked a soft penalty at first view.

Jonathan Williams stepped up to take it although he couldn’t beat Grainger, who pulled off a top save down low to his right.

The Bucks brushed off the disappointment of the miss quickly; scoring from the resulting corner.

Greg Young headed home unmarked to double the lead.

Steve Istead then came on in place of Stuart Ludlam, meaning Neil Stevens shifted to right-back.

And Stevens almost made it three when he cut inside only to see his rasping drive tipped over by Grainger.

Soon after, Hardy drilled an effort just over before Grainger handled outside his area and was lucky to stay on the pitch.

The stopper was adjudged to handle outside when chasing the ball under pressure from Hardy.

Ash Palmer had a chance late on when he got on the end of a Josh Davies whipped cross, but he saw his header just sail wide.

Further chances came and went but the visitors never really threatened Jameson’s goal as the Bucks progressed to the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Bucks: Jameson, Young,Palmer, Green, Ludlam (Istead 58), Stevens, Niven, King (Reed 62), Williams, Tuton, Hardy (Davies 80).

Att: 303