Report: Buxton 0 Moors 2

Goals from Rob Ramshaw and Will Harris saw Moors became the first side to win at Buxton since January to move up to third in the National League North table.

Following Jamie Chandler’s resignation on Friday, Lewis Dickman took temporary charge for the game and inspired a brilliant performance as Moors hit back from Tuesday’s FA Cup disappointment at Marine.

Ben Pollock returned in the heart of a four-man Moors defence for the trip to Derbyshire, while Corey McKeown and Callum Ross returned in midfield against a Buxton side who had won three of their last four in the league.

There was little to choose between the sides during the opening exchanges, with Buxton happy to control possession but Moors giving them little to work with going forward.

Chances were at a premium as a result, but the home side engineer an opening midway through the first half when Jordan Burrows got in down the right and cut the ball back for Diego De Girolamo, but he was denied by a brilliant challenge from the outstanding James Curtis.

However, it was Moors who struck first on 27 minutes. Headers from Glen Taylor and Curtis were both blocked by Buxton defenders, but Moors kept the attack alive and when Taylor hoisted another cross in from the right it was glanced home by Ramshaw.

The Bucks came out fighting at the start of the second half and enjoyed a good period during which Moors had to defend with real determination to deprive their hosts of many clear cut chances.

Indeed, as the half wore on it was Dickman’s men who emerged as a real threat on the counter with Corey McKeown getting in behind only for Buxton keeper Max Dearnley to dart from his line and thwart him.

James Montgomery was forced into a save down to his left as Burrow struck a volley from inside the areas, before Taylor’s low free-kick was then pushed round the post by Dearnley.

Ramshaw then drove his way through the Buxton defence as Moors flew forward again to set up substitute Connor Shanks who cut inside skilfully before hitting a shot straight at the keeper.

Moors then grabbed the decisive second goal. Montgomery despatched an early clearance downfield to free the excellent Sam Fielding down the left and he ran into the penalty area before squaring for Harris who took a touch and rammed home for 2-0.

That knocked the stuffing out of the home side and clinched three points for Moors who cast aside their FA Cup misery to return to winning ways with an impressive victory on the road.

Full Time: Buxton 0 Moors 2

Buxton: Dearnley, Minihan, Shiels, Granite, Francis-Angol, Walker (McKeown 39), Kirby, Weston (McBurnie 81), Smart (Boden 81), De Girolamo, Burrow.
Subs not used: Petrovic, Hunt.

Booked: Weston (30)

Moors: Montgomery, Ferguson, Pollock, Curtis, Staunton, Ross, McKeown (Shanks 63), Ramshaw, Fielding (Gallacher 84), Harris, Taylor.
Subs not used: Popoola, Ledger, Doherty.

Booked: Montgomery (31), Minihan (79)

Referee: Harry Warner

Attendance: 701

Photo Credit: Phil Peat Photography

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