Operation clean sweep

Lawrence Cup Final, Whaley Bridge v Buxton Town (blue), Ray Dwolitka scores the opening goal
Lawrence Cup Final, Whaley Bridge v Buxton Town (blue), Ray Dwolitka scores the opening goal

Lawrence Cup Final

Whaley Bridge 6, Buxton Town 2

WHALEY Bridge made history by adding the Lawrence Cup to the Derbyshire Divisional Cup, the Hope Valley League Premier Division title and the Dore Shield.

Once again, Buxton Town had no answer to Whaley’s prolific goalscorers.

Lawrence Cup Final, Whaley Bridge v Buxton Town (blue)

Lawrence Cup Final, Whaley Bridge v Buxton Town (blue)

Whaley took the lead when a clever interplay of passes between Dan Christie and Ray Dwolitka ended with the latter sliding the ball past Peter Moss.

Buxton fought back immediately and levelled when a Jack Gregory free-kick was headed in by Colin Moss.

Whaley were soon back in front thanks to a Rob Newton looping header, and added another when Bill Sutton converted a spot kick after Dwolitka had been pulled down.

Buxton pressed again and were rewarded by Mark Balfe’s superb right-foot shot from outside the box.

Soon after the break, Whaley went 4-2 up with another rocket from Dwolitka, and there was further misery for Buxton when a Whaley corner was flicked towards the back post and Newton powered the ball home.

That goal killed off the game, but there was still time for Micky Ryan to score with a unstoppable drive from the edge of the area.

Newton was superb in Whaley’s midfield, scoring two goals and tackling ferociously, but the man of the match trophy went to George Langford.