Battling Town show true grit

Derbyshire Divisional Cup, semi finals, Buxton Town v Glossop North End Reserves (white)
Derbyshire Divisional Cup, semi finals, Buxton Town v Glossop North End Reserves (white)

Derbyshire Divisional Cup Semi-Final

Buxton Town 2, Glossop NE Reserves 3

BUXTON Town’s Derbyshire Cup dream came to an end on Saturday despite a brave effort against Glossop North End Reserves, during which they showed true grit and spirit right until the end.

Glossop had the upper hand in the opening exchanges and the Hillmen took the lead in the 11th minute when a cross from the left was met by the head of the towering Daniel Jones, who steered the ball into the corner of the net.

Derbyshire Divisional Cup, semi finals, Buxton Town v Glossop North End Reserves (white)

Derbyshire Divisional Cup, semi finals, Buxton Town v Glossop North End Reserves (white)

Jones was a real handful but Anthony Hunter and Andy Jackson stood up well to the physical challenge he posed.

Town should have equalised when Jack Gregory burst through from midfield and picked out Matt Clark, whose shot was blocked by keeper Liam Amos. Then Colin Moss fired across the face of goal, before Hunter headed a Gregory corner wide.

At the other end, Jackson produced a fantastic tackle to deny Jones.

On the stroke of half time, Josh Westmerland sent in a deep free kick which evaded Peter Moss, and Mike Birch met the ball at the far post to increase the visitors’ lead.

Town piled on the pressure in the second half and Zak Heywood went close with a piledriver, before Mark Harris reduced the arrears. Rob Green picked out Moss, who laid the ball into the path of Harris. He cut inside before unleashing a right-footed curler into the top corner off the underside of the bar.

Moss and Amos then made good saves to deny Jones and Richard Mirams respectively.

Glossop increased their lead in the 69th minute against the run of play when an attempted clearance bounced off Hunter and fell perfectly for Tom Streets who found the bottom corner.

Town hit back immediately and a surging run from Green saw him thread the ball through for Jack Grindey, who skipped past a couple of challenges before stroking the ball home.

Town sensed they could take the game into extra time as Glossop defended desperately, with Barry Lawson blocking a Clark effort and Birch almost heading into his own net.

A long ball over the top saw Jones poke the ball past Moss but his effort rebounded off the post.

Town’s players can be proud of their efforts, with youngster Heywood showing he can hack it in the big games.

Buxton: P Moss, Green (Adams), Hunter, Jackson, Harris, Heywood, Mirams, Gregory, Grindey, Clark, C Moss. Buxton Building Supplies’ man of the match: Mark Harris.