Chorley 0-0 Buxton - match report

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Buxton maintained their scrooge-like defence with a well-deserved point in a goalless stalemate at Chorley last weekend.

A fully-committed and resolute performance earned Martin McIntosh’s side a share of the spoils in what the manager had predicted beforehand would be “the most difficult game” of the season so far.

The results extends the Bucks’ impressive record to just one defeat in 11 away league fixtures.

This was also their ninth clean sheet in 23 league outings, giving the side the third-best defensive record in the division after Chorley and AFC Fylde.

Buxton had suffered a pre-match setback with the illness of centre-half Tim Ryan, but Spencer Harris, equally adept in defence as in his usual holding midfield role, filled the position impeccably as he and Ash Palmer established an impenetrable barrier.

Their strength was vital as Chorley pumped the ball forward in the early stages towards target man James Dean, without any real success.

In attack, Buxton had the better of the first half and nearly opened the scoring early on.

Neat approach play by Stevens and Thornhill set up Black on the right and his lofted cross reached Morris beyond the far post, but the striker failed to add to his 14 goals this season as his header landed on top of the Chorley bar.

Stevens then had a shot blocked after more good work by Thornhill and King figured regularly in attacks but he crucially delayed his shot when an opening appeared.

The second half was a different story as the hosts mounted pressure to force a series of corners.

The visitors survived an almighty goalmouth scramble but managed to weather the storm and hit back through a King effort which was well blocked by a back-pedalling defender.

Sheffield United loanee Otis Khan was then introduced to the action for his Buxton debut as Chorley, facing their third consecutive goalless draw, mounted a late bout of pressure.

A corner was plunged into the area and it took a superb saving tackle by Palmer to deny Dean.

Then in the closing stages Warrington made a low save to deny Whitham as the Bucks extended their unbeaten run to seven league matches.

Bucks: Warrington, Black, Green, Palmer, Harris, Istead, Niven, Stevens (Khan, Thornhill, King, Morris (Reed).