FRIENDLY: BUXTON 3-1 STAGS XI
Buxton 3-1 Mansfield Town XI
Jaden Charles OG 16, Ben Turner 61, Ashley Chambers 74. Jimmy Knowles 58.
Tues 3 Aug 2021
The Tarmac Silverlands Stadium
James Clarke, Keaton Ward, Ryan Burke, Jaden Charles;
George Scott (trialist), Ethan Hill,
Jordan Bowery, Nathan Caine.
Jimmy Knowles (for Bowery, HT)
Taylor Anderson (for Hill, 76 mins)
Curtis Davies (for Scott, 76 mins)
Diego Edwards (for Caine, 76 mins)
Sub not used: Marek Stech.
mini report by Pete Wright:
Pretty even first half but an own goal by Jaden Charles gave Buxton a 1-0 lead. The own goal was reminiscent of Tyrone Thompson at Hayes & Yeading in the Conference.
Jimmy Knowles replaced Bowery up front at half time.
In the second half, Buxton's greater experience showed.
But a well taken equaliser from Jimmy Knowles (58 mins) was good to see.
And Knowles should have scored a second immediately after when he went one on one with the goalkeeper but fluffed his lines.
Former Stag Ben Turner made it 2-1 to Buxton after 61 minutes with a header from a cheap corner.
And it was 3-1 after 74 minutes. The goal again was conceded by Buxton winning the ball high up the pitch with the Stags trying to pass the ball out of defence, a low cross came in that Mason fumbled and then the Buxton player fired home. Both second half goals were conceded by trying to play passing football in dangerous area.
Three more subs came on after 76 minutes. Taylor Anderson went to right back, Curtis Davies into midfield, Diego Edwards went up front.
James Clarke went to centre half and Keaton Ward went into midfield. Edwards replaced Caine upfront.
Thoughts of Pete Wright:
Keaton Ward and Ryan Burke was a very makeshift central defence. George Cooper should have played at centre half but was injured.
Thought Jason Law was disappointing playing at the base of the diamond but had a good free kick well saved early on.
Goalkeeper Owen Mason made some good saves but could have done better with their third goal.
Sinclair was again impressive but missed a one on one in first half when he should have scored but throughout match he was heavily tackled and knocked about a lot. Sinclair’s dad (Frank) was in the Buxton dugout so Buxton knew what they were up against.
Ethan Hill played well until he was subbed, but his grandad (Paul Matthews) was saying he was just back from injury so wasn’t expected to play 90 minutes.
Overall the side set up to play passing football without hoofing it but as at Matlock and Basford second half the finishing wasn’t clinical enough.
BUXTON (1) 3 MANSFIELD TOWN xi (0) 1 ATT 217
A thoroughly entertaining encounter on Tuesday saw 'the Bucks' achieve a 7th pre-season victory to maintain their 100% record.
The young Mansfield side, reinforced by the likes of one-time £1 million striker, Jordan Bowery, and watched by manager, Nigel Clough, proved competitive and did enough to equalise early in the second half before Buxton responded with 2 more goals.
The visitors made an enterprising start, Jason Law's free-kick forcing Theo Richardson into a flying save at his near post, but it was Buxton who posed the greater threat thereafter. The opening goal in the 16th minute came in bizarre but spectacular fashion as Town's central defender, Ryan Burke, recently signed from Birmingham City, volleyed a left-flank cross fiercely into his own net from 15 yards (correction, the OG was by Jaden Charles) !
Diego was prominent early on and from his fine short cross, Tom Elliott headed narrowly wide, then the striker himself narrowly failed to profit from an equally superb Chris Dawson through ball. James Hurst was also frequently involved in Buxton's fluent attacking play and twice, just past the half-hour, thrilled the crowd. A powerfully-struck,25-yard drive cleared the bar, then within a minute from similar range forced 'keeper Owen Mason into a splendid tip-over save. At the other end Theo also made a quality save by using his feet to deny ex-Barnsley forward, Keaton Ward.
Half-time brought 3 Buxton changes with Ash Chambers, Akeem Hinds and Ben Milnes entering the action without any loss of fluency, while Mansfield's lone substitute, striker Jimmy Knowles, soon equalised.
Parity, however, didn't last long as Ben Turner netted his first Buxton goal with a far-post header from an Elliott corner and the lead was doubled by a Chambers tap-in as 'keeper Mason parried a dangerous low Elliott cross to him.
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