Buxton 6 Ashton United 1
BUXTON bounced back from a 5-0 drubbing with an impressive 6-1 win against Ashton United last night (Wednesday).
The Silverlands faithful were treated to a very lively and entertaining encounter - although it was one that Ashton will want to forget.
After an impressive opening spell, the visitors found themselves going in at half-time down to nine men and having conceded three goals.
Buxton keeper Ian Deakin had been under pressure from the start with Ashton going close to taking the lead through Matty Kosylo.
But after Buxton took the lead completely against the run of play in the 22nd minute it went from bad to worse for the visitors who were unbeaten in the league.
A good ball through from Lee Morris on his return, carved open the defence allowing Kieran Lugsden in to score.
Worse was to come when Ashton keeper Terry Smith saw a straight red after he clashed with Lugsden right in front of the referee.
Ashton forward Ben Deegan was called upon to take on the role of keeper but he could do little to stop Lugsden making it 2-0 on 40 minutes.
The Buxton striker put Ashton under further pressure and when he was felled in the box by last man Phil Bolland the referee had no option but to send him off. Morris made no mistake from the resulting penalty on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors refused to give in and pulled a goal back with a cross from Stephen Johnson from a tight angle that sneaked in at the post on 54 minutes.
But just a minute later Buxton scored again, with Morris also netting with a tightly angled cross/shot.
Ashton refused to lie down in a very open game but began to tire in the closing stages.
With six minutes to go good play from Steve Istead and substitute Mark Reed set up Jordan Thewlis with his first goal for the club - making amends for an earlier miss from close range.
Then just before the end of the match Grant Black also got on the score sheet with Buxton’s sixth which slipped through the grasp of Deegan.
Buxton: Deakin, Black, Sandwith, Istead, Haggerty (60 Thewlis), Roberts, Stevens, Keane (28 Maxfield), Morris (78 Reed), Lugsden, Duncum. Subs not used Towey, Turner.