Two of the Northern Premier League's leading defences cancelled each other out as Buxton travelled to Atherton Collieries for a 0-0 draw.
Both teams were organised and regimented from the off, with chances limited for both teams throughout the first half, and neither team even able to muster a threatening spell of possession until the second half. Buxton struggled to gain a foothold against the tough-pressing Collieries, whilst the experience of Blues center-half and captain Josh Granite likewise limited opportunities for the hosts.
To an extent, the game began to open up in the second half, as both teams began to take more risks in hunt of a winner, but in truth a major goalscoring opportunity never came, with the only notable half-chances being a succession of set-pieces for both teams, though these came to nothing and failed to threaten for either side.
Both managers will walk away proud of a solid defensive performance, and credit must also be due to the new Skuna Stadium ground-staff, lead by Martin Devine, who worked tirelessly during the week to repair and prepare the pitch following the tough weather of recent weeks.
Bolton Arena Football Man of the Match: Clive Smith, sponsored by M Riley Plumbing & Heating
Photo: David Featherstone