BUXTON Football Club has completed the signing of experienced goalkeeper Ian Deakin from Eastwood Town.
The 25-year-old ex-Nottingham Forest keeper has been brought in as a replacement for Steve Collis, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.
Deakin has played over 100 times for the Badgers over the past six seasons and was part of their successful NPL-winning side in 2009. He has also had brief spells at Staveley Miners Welfare and Hinckley United.
Collis, who joined the Bucks in the summer after being released by Macclesfield Town, missed Saturday’s FA Cup tie at Quorn after it was revealed the 31-year-old would require a second shoulder operation in four months.
His place in the team for the First Qualifying Round fixture was filled by teenager Tom Turner, playing in his first FA Cup tie. Buxton went on to secure a 2-1 victory thanks to two Kyle Nix penalties (see inside for match report).
The Bucks’ reward for their win at Quorn was another away tie in the FA Cup, at Evo-Stik First Division South side Stamford, in the Second Qualifying Round on Saturday September 22.
Commenting on the draw, Buxton chairman Tony Tomlinson said: “I think we have been handed quite a tricky tie. Stamford are currently second in Division One South and have won four of their opening five games.”
Buxton’s two previous visits to Stamford have resulted in wins.
In September 1998, the Bucks won 3-2 in the FA Cup, a match memorable for Steve Botchett’s one and only hat-trick for the club.
Ten years later, a Paul Walker goal was enough to see off Stamford during the Bucks’ first season back in the NPL.
Should their meeting on September 22 end in a draw, a replay will take place at the Silverlands on Wednesday September 26 (kick-off 7.45pm).
This Saturday, Buxton return to Evo-Stik League action with a trip to AFC Fylde (kick-off 3pm), before welcoming in-form Ashton United to the Silverlands next Wednesday, September 19 (kick-off 7.45pm). Ashton have begun the season unbeaten, with four wins and two draws.