For their second league game of the season, Buxton were hosts to early table toppers Dunkirk FC. Their was a late change to the starting line-up as left back Charlie Johnson
sustained an injury during the warm up, Chris Cloake
took his place in the team for his first start of the season.
As the game got underway, Dunkirk made their intentions apparent by taking no time to put pressure on the Buxton rearguard and forcing Backhouse into action with a decent stop, down low, to his right with only 2 mins played. Both sides were now competing well in the opening exchanges and centre midfield saw some tasty challenges from either side. Backhouse was again needed on 16 minutes to keep out a fierce volley which looked to be heading for the back of the net but his strong one handed save prevented the visitors from taking the lead. The game was a lively affair with both sides probing, looking for the opening. The Dunkirk keeper was in fine form denying everything thrown at him, the pick being a one handed, full stretch save from Fletcher's well placed strike. Dunkirk too had their chances but the half ended all square with no goals and yet again Buxton reflecting on poor finishing for the second week running. HT: BFCB 0-0 Dunkirk FC.
Moloney came on for the second period, replacing Cloake who reported ill. As at the start of the first half, Dunkirk wasted no time in getting amongst the Buxton players and should have done better with 52 played when their dangerous centre forward raced clear but lifted the ball over with only the keeper to beat. However with 56 minutes played they did open the scoring when they got in behind the Buxton defence and a good pull back was well put away by the visiting striker. Buxton reacted and took the game to Dunkirk in an attempt to draw level and again should have done but for the excellence of the opponents goal keeper and sloppy forward play. Ballington replaced Hopkins on 68 mins and a change in formation ensued. Buxton were well on top now but the goal still eluded them as Heywood came on for Hall with 13 left to play. The Bucks pushed forward and threw everything at their resolute visitors and were denied an equaliser on 82 mins when the Dunkirk keeper scrambled back towards his goal after Ballington's effort looked to have crossed the line but the linesman ruled that the ball had not gone over and the score remained 0-1. Dunkirk were hanging on at this point and a minute later Swain was denied by the legs of the keeper. A succession of 5 corners for Buxton followed as Dunkirk defended for their lives, but with Buxton pushing forward the inevitable happened and The Boatmen sealed the victory slotting home after a free header came back off the bar with 3 minutes of normal time remaining. The referee brought the game to an end with Buxton rueing their numerous wasted chances. FT: BFCB 0-2 Dunkirk FC.
Referees Buxton Man Of The Match: Elliot Backhouse
Buxton FC U19s:
Backhouse, Twyford, Clarke, Owen, Cloake (Moloney 45), Swain, Hall (Heywood 77), Vize (Capt), Bradbury, Fletcher, Hopkins (Ballington 68). Unused: French, Stenson.