"Telford hoping to reach new heights in Buxton"
Match Date : January 14th, 2023 3:00 pm
Competition : National League North
Ground : Tarmac Silverlands Stadium
Kick Off : 15:00
It’s another battle of the Bucks this weekend, with Kevin Wilkin’s men heading to Derbyshire to face Buxton.
Northern Premier League champions Buxton, also nicknamed the Bucks, made an indifferent start to the current campaign, winning just one and drawing six of their opening ten league games. But after seemingly turning a corner in October when they went on a run of seven wins in eight games, the Derbyshire club then lost five in a row, which was enough to see boss Jamie Vermiglio leave the Silverlands dugout.
Buxton were guided to the title by former Curzon Ashton boss Steve Cunningham, but Cunningham resigned his role shortly after the season ended stating travelling distances as a major factor. And with former Telford favourite Vermiglio leaving his role at the start of December, Buxton moved for ex Boston United boss Craig Elliott.
Elliott transformed Boston from relegation candidates to promotion challengers during his four-year stay in Lincolnshire, and he arrives at Buxton after a brief spell at nearby Matlock Town.
Elliott’s squad includes three former Bucks in the shape of Sean Newton, Mace Goodridge and James Hardy. Up front, the dangerous Diego De Girolamo bagged 45 goals in 65 games across the last three campaigns, including 20 strikes last season. However, both De Girolamo and Buxton have struggled for goals this year.
Buxton haven’t won in four league games, picking up just two points in that time; that run has contributed to them being one point and one place above the drop in 20th. Meanwhile, the last three games between the sides have all ended in draws; Buxton won an FA Cup tie in October 2010 on penalties after the sides couldn’t be separated over two games, with this season’s clash at the New Bucks Head in August ending in a 1-1 stalemate.
Buxton’s Silverlands Stadium is the highest football ground in England, and Telford head there unbeaten in three. Wilkin’s men now need to turn draws into wins; but if they can bag all three points, things will certainly be looking up for the Bucks.
You can buy tickets in advance via the Buxton website. Please speak to the stewards on the day if you require a seat.
Ground Address: Tarmac Siverlands Stadium, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6QH