Buxton pick up impressive home win amidst fog controversy

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Buxton’s 3-0 win over second-placed Rushall Olympic was overshadowed by controversy as the fog descended.

The match, especially in the last quarter of an hour, was partially obscured by the fog which shrouded the Silverlands all afternoon.

The Rushall contingent was unhappy that referee Smith allowed the game to run to its natural conclusion, but manager John Allen readily accepted that his side was clearly second best.

With five wins in their six most recent visits, Rushall, boosted by the debut of Premier Division Golden Boot holder Karl Hawley started well.

But Buxton hit the front when Ricky Ravenhill’s flick-on was misjudged by the defenders, allowing Bradley Grayson to score.

Buxton never relaxed the control and they went on to extend their unbeaten home league record to 10 matches and to take Rushall’s second place in the table.

Their defending was near-faultless in keeping a sixth home league clean sheet.

Left-back Jamie Green figured early in the action with two inswinging corner-kicks and a 20-yard power drive knocked down by Veiga.

It took the Pics 21 minutes to fashion a threatening move with Eze hooking a square pass for Reid to flash a 15-yard shot wide of goal.

Then a trio of offside decisions thwarted further visiting attacks and Buxton had the last word before the interval as Veiga saved and held Nicky Walker’s well-struck effort.

In the thickening fog after the interval, Matty Williams caught the eye with both fine defending and penetrative forward passes, forcing Veiga to intervene to deny Joel.

Another well-developed passing move led to Brad Abbott dragging a 20-yard shot wide of the target, but just short of the hour Walker scored a fine goal to make it 2-0 with a fierce low shot.

Grayson made it 3-0 in the 77th-minute as he latched onto a through-ball to slot home confidently.

Just prior to the third goal the referee consulted with an assistant as it had become very difficult for the spectators to detect what was happening on the field but the referee was confident he and his colleagues could see enough to avoid an abandonment.