Buxton 4-0 Frickley - Match report

Buxton v Frickley Athletic'Evo-Stik Premier Division'The Silverlands, Buxton.'9th September 2014''Buxton's Shaun Tuton celebrates the third goal of his hat trick to make it 4-0 with Mark Reed.''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

Buxton v Frickley Athletic'Evo-Stik Premier Division'The Silverlands, Buxton.'9th September 2014''Buxton's Shaun Tuton celebrates the third goal of his hat trick to make it 4-0 with Mark Reed.''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

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Buxton put in their most impressive performance of the season so far, as they dismantled Frickley at the Silverlands.

Shaun Tuton grabbed a 16-minute hat-trick in the second half, after Liam Hardy had opened the scoring.

Buxton v Frickley Athletic'Evo-Stik Premier Division'The Silverlands, Buxton.'9th September 2014''Buxton's Shaun Tuton goes around Frickley Athletic goalkeeper Ben Simpson to score the first goal of his hat trick and make it 2-0.''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

Buxton v Frickley Athletic'Evo-Stik Premier Division'The Silverlands, Buxton.'9th September 2014''Buxton's Shaun Tuton goes around Frickley Athletic goalkeeper Ben Simpson to score the first goal of his hat trick and make it 2-0.''Picture by Dan Westwell (PLEASE BYLINE)''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

The victory was the fourth in a row for the Bucks and extends their unbeaten run to seven games.

Tuton’s treble followed Hardy’s three-goal showing seven days earlier against Grantham.

Martin McIntosh had shown his attacking intent by naming three strikers, Hardy, Tuton and Mark Reed in his starting XI.

Reed joined Stuart Ludlam in returning to the line-up, with Craig King and Jonathan Williams dropping to the bench.

The hosts started at full pelt and it took less than five minutes for them to win a penalty after probing by Hardy down the left flank resulted in his cross being handled in the area by a Frickley defender.

Hardy stepped up to take the spot-kick but the Frickley’s goalkeeper Simpson dived down low to his left to deny the Bucks’ man.

Buxton took the penalty miss in their stride and attacked at every opportunity thereafter in pursuit of the opener.

Reed had a volley charged down on 17 minutes before Alastair Taylor made half a yard for himself and drilled a shot that was smothered by Simpson.

Hardy then controlled a knock-on from Reed before narrowly slipping an effort the wrong side of the post.

All that pressure paid off 11 minutes before the break though, when Hardy finished excellently inside the box.

He picked up the ball after a Green corner and meandered inside the area before firing beyond a helpless Simpson for his sixth strike of the campaign.

Ryan Williams provided the only mentionable threat for the visitors in the opening 45 minutes, but his volley wasn’t struck quite sweet enough.

Frickley peppered the Bucks’ goal early in the second half but the hosts were resolute in defence, although when they were breached it was Frickley’s profligacy which maintained the clean sheet of Arron Jameson.

Buxton then mastered the art of soaking up pressure and hitting on the counter and it paid dividends on 66 minutes when Tuton doubled the lead.

Derek Niven, who was excellent all game, picked out Tuton who outpaced the defender, rounded the ‘keeper and then proceeded to tap into the empty net.

Buxton then looked assured with a two-goal cushion and they quickly went in search of a third and almost got it when Tuton hammered a shot when he maybe would have been better focussing on placement.

He fared better just a minute later though when he latched onto Hardy’s knock-down in the box and poked the ball under Simpson.

And then the icing on the cake was complete, when Tuton sprinted through and rounded both the ‘keeper and two defenders before squeezing a shot in to make it 4-0.

Buxton’s passing was fluid and the use of three strikers from the start shows the strength in depth that McIntosh has at his disposal.

It bodes well heading into Saturday’s FA Cup tie at home to Ramsbottom.

Bucks: Jameson, Ludlam, Green, Stevens (Davies 83), Palmer, Young, Niven (Williams 83), Taylor, Reed, Hardy, Tuton (Istead 83).

Subs not used: King, Ryan.

Att: 238.