Hednesford Town captain Dave MacPherson talked of his “frustration” after The Pitmen let slip a two goal lead against Buxton in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round on Saturday.
“Being 2-0 up by halftime we really should have taken the tie but we didn’t,” He said: “It’s just so infuriating when you’re in the lead to throw it away after half time.”
Macpherson, 33 added: “I’m very disappointed with the result but we can win the replay on Wednesday.”
Hednesford were looking to reach the Fourth Qualifying Round of the competition for the first time in seven years against free scoring Buxton-The Bucks had scored thirteen goals in their last four matches.
Buxton had plenty of the ball in the first twenty-five minutes of the game but failed to put The Pitmen back line under any significant pressure as Francino Francis put in a magnificent performance.
MacPherson rifled the ball home from 20 yards to open the scoring for Hednesford and was happy to have scored.
“I love scoring- obviously,” Macpherson said: “It was a great finish for me and Nathan Woolfe also scored a beauty.”
The lead was doubled five minutes later as Elliott Durrell set up Woolfe, who curled the ball into top left hand corner – Buxton keeper Ian Deakin was helpless against the power and precision of the strike.
Buxton who had beaten Lincoln United, Stamford and Ashton United 4-0, 3-1 and 6-1 in their last three matches were not going to be defeated easily, and The Bucks came out fighting in the second half.
A sweetly struck free kick from Kyle Nix, buried into the top left corner, was enough to instil some confidence into Buxton that the tie was far from over.
Substitute Mark Reed completed the comeback as he jumped highest from a Marc Roberts cross to rescue Buxton and pull them level against their superior opponents.
After the game goal scorer Nathan Woolfe said: “I think Buxton came here and tried to defend and keep it compact with their formation.”
“I am confident though that we can go to their place on Wednesday and get through to the next round if we perform well.”
The Pitmen travel to Buxton on Wednesday night for the replay in what will be a hugely significant game in their season, especially considering the draw for the next round takes place on Monday lunchtime and both sides will know who will lie in waiting for the victors.
Dave and Nathan were speaking to Lewis Deakin