Play-off hopes fade even further for Buxton after Marine draw

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Struggling Buxton FC have now just won once at home since Boxing Day as they drew 1-1 with relegation threatened Marine at The Silverlands.

It was a game that Buxton had to win to stand any chance of sneaking into the play-offs – and they failed to do so as Jamie Menagh struck first on 62 minutes for the visitors.

Ash Burbeary responded on 82 minutes with a fantastic free kick that hit both posts before going over the line.

Unbeaten in last five before this, the home side battled through in an end-to-end game.

Marine, scrapping down at the bottom, showed real fight and were well deserving of a their point.

In a scrappy start to the affair, Hardy managed to test Marine’s back line with a lame effort that Cooper easily held.

The visitors failed to capitalise on a great chance with 11 minutes gone.

Wainwright had acres of space to send a deep ball into the box and Menagh’s head down fell to Ellams on the edge but scuffed his effort well wide.

Only moments later, McGee pounced upon a poor pass and then skipped three challenges to feed Hardy, but his low strike was turned away.

A mix up by Jameson and Palmer nearly gifted he Merseyside club another chance to open the deadlock as the defender failed to clear, Codling’s effort was poor.

McGee causing a nuisance for the Marine back four was deemed to be felled in the box – the referee waved him to get to his feet.

Marine, who had a foothold in the game were starting to crank up the pressure as Jameson dealt with a couple of half chances.

Hardy then turned the pantomime villain on the half hour mark as he somehow managed to block Steven’s chance from the edge with the visitors hoofing it away.

But the Bucks hit man was inches away from connecting to McGee’s fizzing cross just a couple of minutes later.

The second half started like the first, scrappy – Owen’s fired over the visitors and a well-worked free kick was easily held by Cooper in the Marine goal.

Just moments later, Marine wasted a free kick as the ball fell to Jordan, his ball over the top was brought down by Tuton but his effort was tame.

On 62 minutes, Marine took the lead.

From no real danger, Menagh picked the ball up on the edge of the box and danced into the area evading three challenges and slammed the ball into the roof of the net.

Buxton needed a response and they gave just that – Tuton and Hardy both stung Cooper’s gloves who turned each effort behind for corners.

Bucks then should have equalised on 74 minutes with their best chance of the game – Ludlam slipped a ball through to Hardy who ventured in on goal but somehow dragged his effort wide.

The post and the crossbar then came to Marine’e rescue in two separate efforts as Buxton flew forward.

Burbeary made space on the left hand side and pulled his cross back to Stevens, his side-footed effort clipped the bottom of the post.

Just moments later from a corner, Young rose highest but his stern header cannoned off the crossbar.

After a spell of intense pressure, Buxton levelled proceedings on 82 minutes.

Jordan was hacked down on the edge and Burbeary stepped up to whip a spectacular free kick over the wall hitting both posts before crossing the line.

Marine were stunned by the goal but could have re-taken the lead as Willis’ header beat everyone as it flew just wide.

Tuton could have won it for Buxton in stoppage time but he spent too much time on the ball as Marine eventually cleared.

Marine then could have won it at the other end – they had the ball in the net from Owens but the linesman flagged offside.

Buxton FC: Jameson, Ludlam, Meynell, Jordan, Palmer, Young ( c ), Stevens, McGee, Tuton, Hardy, Green.

Att: 325.