Buxton FC 1-2 Hednesford Town

Hednesford Town recorded their first away victory in the league for almost two months after a composed performance at Buxton.

The Pitmen handed three debuts to players signed in the previous week but were missing the services of Alex Melbourne, Danny Lupano and Ethan Jones due to prior commitments.

In just the second minute a lobbed effort from James Dean almost caught out Kieran Preston in the Hednesford goal but the ball hit the crossbar on the way behind.

It would be the visitors who struck first in the ninth minute though when a freekick into the penalty area was kept alive by  Wells and although Courey Grantham saw his header hit the crossbar, Kieran Wells was on hand to fire into the roof of the net.

Wells should really have doubled his and the Hednesford’s lead four minutes later as the Buxton backline failed to clear a high ball and with the goalkeeper stranded the striker could only lob his effort wide.

The hosts went close to an equaliser on the half hour mark when a corner was flicked on but Preston was able to tip the ball onto the crossbar and out for another set piece. From that one Tom Dean rose highest but the defender flashed his effort wide.

Hednesford went close again in the 34th minute but Danny Racchi’s 25-yard effort rippled the roof of the net after just clearing the crossbar.

HT: 0-1

The Pitmen would double their lead though eight minutes into the second half when Wells crossed superbly for Courey Grantham to place a header back across goal and into the far corner of the net.

Preston was called into making a comfortable low save from a freekick in the 58th minute before Wells blasted an effort well over the goal five minutes later.

Buxton should really have pulled a goal back in the 72nd minute when the ball fell nicely inside the Hednesford penalty area but Diego De Girolamo fired his shot over the crossbar from 12 yards out.

Wells almost added a third goal in the 84th minute when a corner was headed back across goal and the striker flicked the ball only for it to be clawed off the line.

The hosts had a glimmer of hope two minutes later though when Dean was able to power a header into the net from six yards out after the Pitmen had failed to clear their lines.

Although Buxton pressed in the final stages Hednesford held strong to record three points that saw them move one place further clear of the relegation zone.

Buxton: Bruce, Roscoe, Brown, De Girolamo, Dean, Sephton, Chippendale (Oyibo 61), Young (Hardy 35), Dean (D De Girolamo 60), Pritchard, Grayson
Subs not used: Baguley, Coppin

Hednesford Town: Preston, Vidal, O’Hanlon (Gatter 83), Harvey, Moran, Bailey, Racchi, King, Wells (Benjamin 89), Ellis (Hallahan 22), Grantham
Subs not used: Archer, Veiga

Attendance: 453

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