Brammer hat-trick in vain for Brampton

Premier Division

Buxton Town 5

Brampton 3

TOWN got off to the worst possible start when Brampton caught them cold and took the lead inside the first minute, after sloppy defending allowed the pacy Steve Brammer to run clear and slot the ball under Peter Moss.

The equaliser arrived in the sixth minute when Town were surprisingly awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Brampton box, and Jack Gregory curled one of his trademark kicks around the wall and into the bottom corner.

Town began to get a grip on the game, with Danny Ball dominating the midfield, and they took the lead following a great piece of football which ended with Ball delivering a fantastic cross from the by-line which was met at the far post by Tim Halpin with an excellent header.

Peter Moss had to bravely dive at the feet of the fleet-footed Brammer, with the keeper taking a knock to the head for his actions.

Mark Balfe fired a shot wide when he beat the offside trap, while at the other end Brammer saw his effort fly into the side netting.

A third Town goal arrived when Chris Adams was put through on goal and produced a superb finish into the top corner.

Adams then turned provider when his corner was met by the head of Balfe to effectively put the game beyond Brampton before the break.

Town missed a number of chances in the second half, with Balfe and Zak Heywood shooting wide before the impressive Brammer reduced the arrears when poor marking allowed him to head home a free-kick.

Matt Clark shot tamely at the keeper before Halpin sent a shot over the bar. Halpin then picked out Balfe with a great cross but Balfe shot wide.

Town finally hit the target when the ball fell to Colin Moss who sent a rasping shot into the top corner.

Brammer then completed his hat-trick when Chris Graham’s free-kick was spilt by Peter Moss and the striker was on hand for a tap-in.

Buxton: P Moss, Mirams, Hunter, C Moss, Harris, Heywood, Ball (Burgess), Gregory (Green), Halpin, Adams (Clark), Balfe. Subs not used: Haworth, Young. Buxton Building Supplies’ man of the match: Danny Ball.