Evo-Stik Premier Division
Buxton FC 2, Whitby Town 1
BUXTON banished the disappointment of the midweek defeat by Marine to record their first league win of the season on Saturday.
A bullet header from Marc Roberts and a Mark Reed spot-kick gave the Bucks a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Whitby Town in an entertaining clash at the Silverlands.
Both goals came in the opening ten minutes of a first half which the home side dominated, with the lively Jordan Thewlis and Sam Duncum unable to add to the scoreline.
Whitby got themselves back into the match when Nathan Mulligan floated his free-kick past Steve Collis in the Buxton goal to make it 2-1 on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors made more of a fight of it in the second half but came up against a resolute Bucks defence, with Collis pulling off an excellent one-handed diving save to deny Graeme Armstrong.
Buxton manager Martin McIntosh was delighted to pick up his first win of the season.
“I asked the players for a big reaction (following the 4-1 defeat by Marine), and we certainly got that today,” McIntosh said after the match. “I’m glad to get the three points, which I think we fully deserved.
“We defended very well as a team, particularly in the second half. In the first half-hour we could have scored four or five goals, but if you don’t kill games off then you let your opponents come back and punish you, so it could have been a lot worse.
“I think we have just got to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal, because by not taking our chances we put pressure on ourselves and gave them an opportunity to come back into the game.”
For a full match report and pictures, see Thursday’s Buxton Advertiser.
The Bucks conclude their Bank Holiday double header when they make the trip to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Monday (kick-off 3pm).
Buxton: Collis, Black, Sandwith, Istead, Haggerty, Roberts, Nix, Keane, Reed, Thewlis, Duncum. Substitutes: Lugsden, Towey, Maxfield, Hall, Turner. Attendance: 258.