Buxton beaten by resilient Stourbridge

Buxton v. Stourbridge.'Bradley Barraclough keeps his eyes on the ball.
Buxton v. Stourbridge.'Bradley Barraclough keeps his eyes on the ball.

High-flying Buxton were beaten 3-2 by a resilient Stourbridge.

Twice Buxton went ahead with the opportunity to kick on and seal victory.

Buxton v. Stourbridge.'Liam Hardy puts pressure on Stourbridge 'keeper Lewis Solly.

Buxton v. Stourbridge.'Liam Hardy puts pressure on Stourbridge 'keeper Lewis Solly.

But the visitors refused to be beaten, with goalkeeper Lewis Solly, winger Matt Dodd and striker Karl Hawley all shining.

Buxton had Warren Burrell and Ash Burbeary available again, but lacked key players in skipper Greg Young and Alastair Taylor as well as Derek Niven and Ash Worsfold,

The visitors started positively, exercising the long-throwing ability of midfielder Tonks but `the Bucks’ showed plenty of attacking intent down the slope.

Jamie Green and Liam Hardy forced Solly into good saves from 20-yard drives before taking the lead with 20 minutes gone.

A neat Bradley Barraclough flick put Hardy into the penalty area only for him to be comprehensively fouled by Scarr.

The striker rose to net the spot-kick with the utmost confidence but the Glassboys responded well and, after both Chris Churchman and Hardy had brought fine saves from Solly, they equalised five minutes prior to the interval.

Dodd followed a forceful run up the right with a powerful low cross, which was converted at the near post by midfielder Lait.

However, 11 minutes into the second half newcomer Tom Buckley, with his first goal for the club,renewed Buxton’s lead.

Receiving in centre midfield from Barraclough, he advanced, spotted Solly off his line and chipped him delightfully from 23 yards.

But still the visitors persevered and, in the last quarter of the match, Hawley became increasingly influential.

Phil Barnes had already made one spectacular flying save to divert to safety a diagonal ball played in from the left, but was powerless to prevent the second equaliser just past three-quarter time.

Hawley cleverly flicked on a low cross from the right and Pierpoint netted at the far post.

Buxton introduced first Niall Doran then debutant Alex Wiles in a bid to exert some control in midfield yet the visitors continued to threaten and Glenn Belezika’s 81st-minute foul allowed Hawley to score the winner coolly from the penalty spot.