REPORT: Buxton pick up much needed three points against Stafford

Updated: Mar 2, 2020

Buxton pick up a much needed three points to make their survival more likely after thrashing bottom of the league Stafford Rangers.

The Bucks started brightly and played some good football as they looked to get the first goal of the game. A chance came when Clarke played some great link up play with Diego De Girolamo unfortunately Clarke's shot was just wide. Buxton skipper Callum Chippendale then played a lovely through ball over the top to D. De Girolamo who managed to lift the ball over over the keeper but it just wasn’t enough to hit the back of the net.

For much of the game Buxton were on top and had many opportunities to score more. The next of which coming when a corner was headed looping just over the bar.

The hosts got the goal they wanted in the 24th minute when Chippendale fired home after a goal mouth scramble.

It was a much needed goal after all of Buxton chances as they probably felt they could’ve been a few goals to the good by that point.

The Bucks gained the second goal of the game through D. De Girolamo. He received the ball over the top and ran, took it past the keeper and calmly finished it off to make it 2-0.

Towards the end of the half Buxton had a few more attempts but that just missed the mark but eventually went in at the break with a two goal lead.

Stafford started the second half much better with Jake Charles shot being deflected out for a corner. The visitors got their goal they needed to get back into the game in the 53rd minute after a miss kick from Nico De Girolamo lead to Grayson picking up the ball and delivering a cross into Matt Hill who tapped the ball in to make it 2-1.

After this Buxton picked their game right up with a free-kick from D. De Girolamo going just over the bar.

The Bucks did regain the two-goal lead when Connor O’Grady scored an excellent diving header that flew beyond Lewis King in the 72nd minute.

The floodgates opened after this with it only taking Buxton another five minutes to get another. This time the returning Liam Hardy smashed the ball into the back of the net to make it 4-1 to the hosts

O'Grady had another chance after a free-kick was swung into him and his header went over the bar. Buxton did get there 5th and final goal of the game in style when Brown played the ball to D. De Girolamo who smashed the ball into the underside of the bar to make it 5-1.

Buxton gained a very much needed three points after the referee brought the rout at the Silverlands to an end.

Buxton: Shenton, Curly, Brown, Chippendale, N. De Girolamo, O’Grady, Orlando-Young, King, D. De Girolamo, Elliott, Clarke.

Attendance: 463

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