FOR THE second week running, Old Glossop Bulls scored eight goals to maintain top spot in the R&B Buxton Taverners League.
Entertaining The Prince at Pyegrove the previous week, Bulls ran in eight without reply. Bulls led 2-0 at half-time after a thunderous 45-yard strike from Hollin and a neat finish by Halpin. Further contributions from Wright and Barrow were eclipsed by a hat-trick from substitute Higgins, before Carroll’s header rounded off the scoring.
Visiting the Bulls Head on Kents Bank Rec last weekend, Old Glossop hit eight again. Hyde led the way with four goals, Halpin and Mitchinson both hit two. Hadfield, Berry and Rowntree were on target for Bulls Head, with J Mellor their man of the match.
Great Rocks have settled into a familiar pattern, beating New Inn Town 6-1 at home. In a strong performance, goals from Gregory, Heywood, Ball, Vize and Burgess (2) secured the points. Mantle netted a consolation goal for New Inn.
In the battle of the bottom two, The Peaks finally put three points on the table by winning 5-0 at home to The Prince. Taylor scored a hat-trick, with Land and S Millington, the latter on his 50th birthday, completing the rout. Millington now joins an elite club in the Buxton Taverners League of players still pulling on a shirt in their senior years.
Howard Arms continued their inexorable rise with a 9-0 win at Pyegrove. Athletico Rag were undefeated when they arrived, but Howard proved too strong for them.
It was nip and tuck for 20 minutes with both sides creating but not taking chances.
Top-scorer Whyatt broke the deadlock, drifting in on a free-kick to glance a header past a static Rag defence. Thornhill switched to the right wing and immediately took on three players before striking a left-foot screamer past a despairing keeper. Whyatt added a third before half-time.
Showing strength in depth, contributions from centre-backs Birch and Roberts, substitutes Rhys Hanson and Cross, and Whyatt completing his hat-trick, made it four wins in four for The Howard, who move up to second spot.