Curzon Ashton 0-0 Buxton: Bucks held to stalemate away at play-off rivals

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  • Bucks fail to breakthough against sixth-place Curzon
  • McIntosh’s side seven points off top five
  • Eight games remaining this season

Earlier in the season a point won on Tameside would have been well received, but Saturday’s draw was a disappointment for Buxton who continue to lag behind the play-off chasers.

Overall the match was evenly-contested but Buxton carved out the pick of the clear chances, yet mostly it was the defences that held sway.

Despite losing three senior players last week plus Rhys Meynell, Buxton produced a performance that improved on Tuesday’s victory over Trafford with the back four in particular outstanding.

Buxton were strengthened by the return of Stuart Ludlam and Greg Young, with Curzon allowed few strikes at goal.

The Bucks were thwarted in the first half by in-form goalkeeper Burton, who pulled off two fine saves in particular.

Firstly, Bradley Barraclough saw a glancing header tipped wide by the stopper before being denied once again by the last line of the Curzon defence.

Curzon’s best attempt was a daisycutter from Guest which Arron Jameson tipped around a post.

After the interval Young headed just over from Alastair Taylor’s corner in the first threat since the restart.

Taylor then created another opening when he fired in a low cross which narrowly eluded substitute Ash Burbeary and Shaun Tuton.

Curzon then had the last opportunity of the match, but Jameson was on hand to tip over Brooke’s rising drive before flapping at a cross which fell to Walker who blazed wastefully wide to ensure spoils were shared.

Bucks: Jameson, Ludlam, Green, Niven, Palmer, Young, Taylor, Stevens, Tuton, Hardy (Burbeary), Barraclough.