Sudden death penalties in cup thriller put new boss Mac on a knife-edge

Buxton FC players, Josh Wilde
Buxton FC players, Josh Wilde

It TOOK 120 minutes and 14 penalties but Buxton FC made it through to the final of the Derbyshire Senior Cup after an epic battle with Mickleover Sports last night (Wednesday).

With new manager Martin McIntosh at the helm for the first time, the Bucks took the lead at the Silverlands with 32 minutes on the clock thanks to Mark Reed’s 200th goal for the club.

But less than a minute after the restart, Alex Steadman put the visitors back on level terms.

The second period saw ever increasing pressure from the Bucks but despite a continuous succession of chances, the home side just couldn’t find the back of the net.

Extra time brought more lost chances for the Bucks on an enormously frustrating night which resulted in the tie having to be decided on a penalty shootout.

The visitors stepped up to the spot first with Buxton keeper Scott Hartley saving their effort. Mark Reed scored Buxton’s first penalty but with both sides skying efforts, the scores were locked at 3-3 after five spot-kicks each.

Sudden death penalties followed with Josh Wilde netting the winner for the Bucks who will now face Derby County - 4-1 victors over New Mills in last night’s other tie - in the final at a date and venue not yet announced.

The tie will be a repeat of last year’s final when Buxton lost 5-0 to Derby County at Chesterfield FC’s b2net stadium.