Buxton 0-1 Morecambe
Saturday 4 December
The Tarmac Silverlands Stadium
The FA Cup Second Round
The Shrimps progress to the Third Round of the FA Cup thanks to a first-half Cole Stockton strike on what was a game played in torrential conditions.
It was the hosts who started the game on the front foot and came close to breaking the deadlock on eight minutes after Chris Dawson struck an effort from distance, but it didn’t trouble Kyle Letheren in the Morecambe goal.
The visitors looked to carve out a chance of their own a minute later, however Wes McDonald’s shot sailed harmlessly wide.
Arguably Buxton’s biggest chance of the game fell on 13 minutes after Diego De Girolamo found possession and tried his luck, but the ball crashed off the post and rolled away to safety.
The only goal of the game came on 29 minutes when Cole Stockton timed his run to perfection and latched on to the ball in the area and struck an effort on the angle which rolled beyond goalkeeper Theo Richardson and into the back of the net.
Six minutes from half time and Stephen Robinson’s men came agonisingly close to doubling their lead when Alfie McCalmont looked to add a second from close range, but an excellent reflex save from Richardson denied the Leeds United loanee.
Half-time: Buxton 0-1 Morecambe
The opening 16 minutes of the second-half produced little quality for either side, however McDonald again unleashed an effort on goal on 61 minutes, but he couldn’t find the target.
Four minutes later and that man Stockton came close to adding his, and Morecambe’s, second of the game, but his shot from inside the area sailed wide of the mark.
Stockton’s goal earlier in the game marks his 16th of the season in all competitions, and he very nearly added a 17th, but it was Buxton’s Man of the Match Richardson in goal that denied Morecambe yet again with a fine save.
One minute from time and substitute Jonah Ayunga had a golden chance to wrap up the win for the Shrimps, however after breaking through one-on-one on goal, the striker could only send his effort over the bar.
Full-time: Buxton 0-1 Morecambe
Buxton: T Richardson, Curley, Fox, Middleton, Hurst, Meikle, Ward, Dawson (Tear, 81’), De Girolamo (Chambers, 47’), Elliott, Clarke
Subs not used: Milnes, Hinds, H Richardson, Dillingham, Catt
Bookings: Elliott, Meikle
Red cards: None
Morecambe: Letheren, McLaughlin, Leigh, O’Connor, McDonald, Diagouraga, Stockton, McLoughlin, Gnahoua (Ayunga, 67’), McCalmont (Jones, 67’) Delaney
Subs not used: Andrésson, Obika, Phillips, Cooney, Gibson, Duffus, Wootton
Goals: Stockton 29’
Red cards: None