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Preview: Bucks look to build on good bank holiday weekend as they face Darlington


Buxton are back at home as they face Darlington  for our first game in September

The Bucks

The Bucks go into this game following a very good Bank Holiday weekend beating both Blyth and Banbury 3-0.

The Bucks scored all 3 of their goals in the first half on Monday with Jak McCourt getting 2 and Burrow scoring the other.

Following the victory manager Craig Elliott said:

"I couldn't have asked for any more, lots of goals, three points and another clean sheet. Still plenty to do and I'm under no illusions We've still got to improve.

"We were fast out of the blocks and deserved to go in at the break with a healthy lead. In the second half both sides started to show exhaustion and the last 20 minutes lacked any real pace.

Unfortunately, we've picked up more knocks but we'll be training hard for the next challenge, against a good Darlington side.


Founded in 1883 the home side are nicknamed The Quakers.

Alun Armstrong is in charge of Darlington  after his appointment in 2019. He previously had 2 stints at the club as a player playing over 60 games.

The club finished 10th in the league last season.

They currently sit 22nd in the league after 5 points from the first 6 games.

They play their games at Blackwell Meadows.

They drew their last game with South Shields grabbing a late equaliser to make it 2-2.

One to Watch

Jacob Hazel was one of  the top scorers in the NPL last season when playing for Whitby. The prolific goal scorer had a loan spell at The Bucks in 2014.

Hazel signed on a 2 year contract for Darlington in the summer of 2022 on an undisclosed fee.

The forward has also represented St Kitts and Nevis on  national duty making 3 appearances for the North American side.

Last Time Out

A late penalty meant The Bucks had to share the points back in February when Buxton travelled to Darlington.

2 goals either side of the half from Brisley and Boden gave Buxton a 2-1 win when Darlington visited Derbyshire in October last year.

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