Buxton 2-0 South Shields: Mariners beaten in Derbyshire
South Shields slipped to their second defeat in four days as they lost 2-0 at Buxton on Tuesday.
The Mariners went into the match looking for a strong response to Saturday’s 3-0 reverse at Warrington Town.
Despite a much-improved display, though, they returned to South Tyneside without any points.
Shields were boosted ahead of the game after David Foley and Josh Gillies were passed fit to play, having missed out on Saturday.
But things went against them early on and the hosts took the lead when striker Liam Hardy drove inside from the left before hitting an effort from distance which took a deflection before finding the top corner.
The Mariners responded well and had a number of chances to equalise.
Lee Mason’s shot from the edge of the box was deflected before being saved.
Shields’ best opportunity fell the way of Gillies after he pounced on a loose backpass and rounded the keeper before losing his balance and hitting the ball wide.
Mason went close seven minutes before half-time when he fizzed an effort wide from the right of the box, but Buxton almost doubled their lead on the stroke of the break.
Fortunately for Shields, Hardy’s powerful shot went wide.
The second half started in frantic fashion and both teams had chances to score.
Blair Adams blasted the ball into the side netting after being played in by Foley, while Foley himself was unfortunate not to equalise as he thrashed an effort over from 25 yards.
Buxton had a number of opportunities and almost added their second on 62 minutes when Joe McGee’s shot was deflected just wide.
Shields tried to build some momentum in their search of an equaliser but were unable to find a way through.
Craig Baxter had an effort saved and substitute Ben Harmison was also denied.
The killer second goal for Buxton arrived with 11 minutes left when a free-kick from deep on the right found Greg Young, and he picked out the bottom corner.
It capped a disappointing night for Shields, who will hope to bounce back on Saturday when they host Grantham Town.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Connell, Baxter, Adams, Shaw (c) (Brown 90), Morse, Turnbull, Mouanda, Briggs (Harmison 69), Foley, Mason, Gillies. Subs not used: Lister, Lough, Wright.