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Tue 3 Oct 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Full time Attendance 238

Albion suffer fourth successive defeat after falling to Buxton

Match Report kindly supplied by: Andrew Simpson, Senior Sports Writer, Northwich Guardian

CARL Macauley admitted a goal in the moments before half-time had dented his side’s belief that they could mount a comeback at Buxton on Tuesday.

Sam Smith squeezed a header past Calvin Hare, Witton’s goalkeeper, to double the Bucks’ lead.

It set Albion on a course towards a fifth defeat from their past half-dozen matches in the Northern Premier League’s top-flight.

A fortnight earlier, they had climbed to the Premier Division’s summit following a 4-1 win at home to Stalybridge.

“It was bitter pill to swallow conceding when we did,” said Macauley. “The lads came in 2-0 down and it hits confidence that is fragile.
It’s a long way back from there, and even though we gave it a good go in the second half we didn’t create much more than a couple of chances. Buxton weren’t much of a threat to us either, but they didn’t need to attack.”

Albion had begun brightly, and both Ben Hedley and James Foley had a glimpse of goal in the early exchanges. However they fell behind in the fifth minute when Smith teed up Brad Abbott and the midfielder steered past Hare from inside the penalty area.

Joe McGee was wasteful for the home team when well-placed, failing even to hit the target, while Smith fired wide too after McGee had nudged the ball his way. At the other end, Buxton goalkeeper Jan Budtz reacted smartly to parry an effort that had been deflected by a teammate.

Macauley sent on Micah Evans in place of Hedley after an hour to introduce speed and width to Albion’s attack, but they failed to score for a third successive game.

“We’re vulnerable to crosses from set-pieces at the moment and that’s a concern,” said the Witton manager. “It’s something we’ve attempted to address in training, but clearly there is more work to do.Lancaster made us pay from dead balls last week, and we were undone again. It’s an unforgiving league – just look at some of the strange results that come through every match-day – and we’re feeling that.”

Buxton | Budtz (GK), Jake Williams, McWilliams (Meade 46), Ravenhill, Maguire, Young, McGee, Abbott, Smith, Hinsley & Morrison. Subs not used: Burns, Hardy, Ant Wilson & Kaba. Goals: Abbott 5, Smith 45. Booked: McWilliams

Witton | Hare (GK), Gardner, McKenna, Foley, Brown, Ryan, Haywood, Owens, Hopley, Tames & Hedley (Evans 62). Subs not used: Paul Williams, Michael Wilson, Neild (GK)

Referee Ian Johnston Attendance 238

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62:00 Sub On
Micah Evans is substituted on for Witton Albion
62:00 Sub Off
Ben Hedley is substituted off for Witton Albion
55:00 Yellow Card
Anthony Brown is yellow carded for Witton Albion
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Buxton
  • Witton Albion
  • 0
  • Anthony Brown Yellow Card 55:00'
  • Ben Hedley Sub Off 62:00'
  • Micah Evans Sub On 62:00'

Team selection

Hare, Calvin Hare, Calvin
Gardner, Anthony Gardner, Anthony
Ryan, Nick Ryan, Nick
Foley, James Foley, James
Brown, Anthony Brown, Anthony
McKenna, Danny McKenna, Danny
Haywood, Prince Haywood, Prince
Hedley, Ben Hedley, Ben
Tames, Steve Tames, Steve
Hopley, Rob Hopley, Rob
Owens, Tom Owens, Tom

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Altrincham 46 95
2. Ashton United 46 82
3. Warrington Town 46 82
4. Grantham Town 46 81
5. Farsley Celtic 46 80
6. Shaw Lane 46 79
7. Witton Albion 46 70

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