Winning home start and display pleases Phillips

Buxton v Hyde.'Liam Hardy pulls the trigger to score Buxton's first goal on their new surface.
Buxton v Hyde.'Liam Hardy pulls the trigger to score Buxton's first goal on their new surface.

Buxton FC joint-boss Paul Phillips was pleased to get the new Silverlands era off to a winning start and pick up their first victory of the season in the process.

A Liam Hardy strike gave the Bucks all three points over Hyde United in their first home game of the campaign on the freshly laid 4G surface on Bank Holiday Monday.

Phillips and co-manager Steve Halford have seen their side pick up two draws from three consecutive away games to kick off their Evo-Stik League Premier Division season.

But they put Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Workington behind them with a 1-0 win over a side who were well acquainted with nuances of the change in playing surface. And Phillips was glad their side got the result the performance deserved - in front of more than 700 spectators.

“It was nice to give the people who turned up and the people who had put all the hard work in a good start on it,” said Phillips.

“I thought we played well and deserved the three points.

“I thought we were poor at Workington, even though we got a point, I thought it was the poorest we’d played. We adapted to the new surface well and played some good football on Monday. We restricted them to one shot on target and that’s been the mainstay to our start to the season - we’ve defended really well. If we can add goals to that now Liam Hardy and Brad Grayson are back with us fit then I’m sure we’ll be a force to be reckoned with.”

And added: “There was a lot of pressure on ourselves in getting that first win because we want to do well. The pressure starts in our changing room.

“We couldn’t have got a worse start against a team who have played on astro-turf for two years and were unbeaten in 18 months on that surface.

“That gives an impression on what kind of performance we gave on Monday afternoon.”

With five points from a possible 12, Phillips said it’s been a less than convincing start.

“It’s not been good enough and we’ve relayed that to the players,” he said. “But if we look at the bigger picture we’ve got seven or eight players who have just come into the club and it’s going to take time to adapt.

“It’s going to take time to get used to what we want. “This time last year, I think we had three clean sheets in the season before Steve and I came into the football club. We’ve now had two in four games.

“We have addressed that side and if you take a 40-goal-a-season forward out of any team then it’s going to affect it.

“If we can get Liam firing on all cylinders then we’ll have a lot better chance.”