Buxton get off to a flying start

Buxton Town v Grindleford (white)
Buxton Town v Grindleford (white)

Premier Division

Buxton Town 3, Grindleford 0

Town had to delve deep on Saturday as illness and injury robbed them of several players.

The hosts got off to a flying start when Matt Clark flew down the left and picked out the impressive Zak Heywood, who gave Town a second-minute lead.

George Burgess was prominent on his return to the side as he played his first game since his leg break last April.

Town doubled their lead in the tenth minute when Clark was picked out by an exquisite pass from Danny Ball and saw the keeper palm his shot onto the post and into the back of the net.

Grindleford seemed more content to keep Town at bay, with only skipper Alex Cairns a threat as he tried to drive his team forward, but Ball was excellent at the back as he made several trademark crunching tackles.

Chris Adams almost scored a wonder goal when he spotted the keeper off his line and let fly from distance but the shot landed just the wrong side of the crossbar.

Cairns went close with a header from a corner while Tom Lavender showed the fighting spirit needed if Grindleford were to get back in the game.

Steven Young, who replaced the injured Clark just after half time, won Town a penalty when he linked well with Colin Moss before being upended.

With regular penalty taker Jack Gregory not playing, the responsibility was handed to Burgess who saw the keeper make a good save.

Town made it 3-0 when Mark Harris saw his shot pushed into the path of Jack Grindey who found the roof of the net from a tight angle.

Grindey, who had been limping since early in the game, was replaced by substitute keeper Ryan Haworth, who played as a striker.

At the death, Heywood went close after great work from Moss on the right.

Buxton: P Moss, Mirams, Hunter, Ball, Harris, Heywood, Burgess (Betts), Grindey (Haworth), Clark (Young), Adams, C Moss. Sub not used: Wood. Buxton Building Supplies’ man of the match: Zak Heywood.