Johnson fires the Bucks into fourth round

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Doodson Sport Cup Round Three

Brigg Town 0, Buxton 1

UNTIL the last few minutes of the league cup tie in Lincolnshire on Tuesday evening, Buxton looked comfortable if narrow winners, but an unexpected Brigg flurry almost sent the tie into extra-time.

Left-back Heward’s low, driven cross passed untouched across the face of goal, the previously ineffective striker Ricketts twice saw shots deflected to safety and Cochrane drove wide of goal from 20 yards.

Until then, the Bucks had relied on a 17th-minute Sam Johnson strike and a most noticeable gulf in class to see them through to the next round.

Buxton took the lead with an incisive move. Williams fed Pembleton with a precise pass on the right and his pace took him past Heward to the by-line from where another precise pass picked out the predatory Johnson, who scored from six yards.

The visitors constructed several neat passing moves with Josh Wilde often prominent as he took up advanced positions, but clear openings in the first half were few and far between.

Brigg twice made useful approaches without the semblance of an inspired final pass. Centre-half Plant headed wide at a corner, followed by some committed Buxton defending in a six-yard box scramble.

The third quarter of the tie had little to recommend it but after 71 minutes Michael Towey and David Taylor fashioned an opening on the left only for ex-Hull keeper Woodhead to just pip Lugsden to the ball.

After under-19s striker Jack Bradbury came on for his debut, Lugsden twice headed over the bar. Finally a Sam Liversidge-Wilde combination played in Towey for a trademark mazy run along the by-line only for him to be crowded out.

That hardly seemed to matter until Brigg suddenly began to threaten, but John Reed’s final match in charge resulted in victory, albeit a low-key one.

Buxton: Hartley, Williams, Liversidge, Agus, Wilde, Pembleton, Towey, Ridley, Taylor, Lugsden, S Johnson (Bradbury, 73). Unusued subs: Black, Maxfield, Stevens. Att: 66