Nantwich Town 1-1 Buxton - match report

Buxton's Andy Warrington.
Buxton's Andy Warrington.

The Bucks’ run of victories may have come to an end in South Cheshire, but there were plenty of positives to be drawn from a gutsy and capable performance.

Arguably the turning point of the match was the departure of veteran goalkeeper Andy Warrington just before the half-hour mark.

The 37-year-old sustained a facial injury and was forced to retire groggily, with Sam Brooks (pictured below) replacing him between the sticks.

Warrington’s exit came at a time when Buxton were well in control, having taken the lead through Liam Hardy after 17 minutes.

Hardy finished off a fine move that was orchestrated by Craig King, who raced down the wing before picking out the striker.

The goal was Hardy’s seventh in a Bucks shirt, in what is proving to be a prolific spell for the Harrogate loanee.

Despite the good start made by Buxton, Martin McIntosh was forced into a reshuffle after Warrington was unable to continue.

He was replaced by Steve Istead, with Brooks donning the gloves.

Nantwich sensed their opportunity and within five minutes of the enforced changes, the hosts were level as Andrew Pearson drilled the ball home from 18 yards.

Buxton’s defence quickly recovered from the blow and the makeshift stopper had a relatively quiet shift for the rest of the game.

Chances were few and far between for either side, with the visitors’ best attempt coming from Josh Davies’ free-kick which drifted narrowly wide.

In addition to a well-earned away point, McIntosh also handed a senior debut to young striker James Handley late on.

Bucks: Warrington (Istead 29), Green, Ludlam, Brooks, Palmer, Stevens, Niven (Handley 83), Davies, Hardy, King, Reed.