Buxton FC 5, Kendal Town 3
AN EIGHT-GOAL thriller ensured Buxton’s victory over Kendal was one that would live long in the memory.
Two goals in a minute, seven goals before half-time, two penalties and four goals for Buxton’s Mark Reed made for an action-packed match.
The visitors had taken the lead after just three minutes with a deflected long-range effort from about 25 yards out by Kevin Leadbetter.
However it came as no surprise when Reed coolly equalised from the penalty spot on 16 minutes, after his strike partner Kieran Lugsden had been brought down by Kendal keeper Craig Dootson.
But the Bucks were behind again less than a minute later when Danny Wisdom curled in Adam Farrell’s free-kick.
Six minutes later Kendal’s defence was caught out by an excellent ball by Reed to release Lugsden to put Buxton on level terms again.
A slip in the Kendal defence saw the impressive Peter Davidson find himself with only the keeper to beat, but he appeared to have taken the ball too far to get a shot in. He managed to squeeze a cross to Neil Stevens who passed to Reed who made no mistake with an easy tap-in on 28 minutes. But Kendal came back, equalising four minutes later with Alex Taylor turning in a corner after being left unmarked.
Buxton regained the lead three minutes before half-time with possibly the pick of the goals. Reed showed excellent control to take the ball past defender and keeper to score.
The second half saw Lugsden go close to extending the lead with only a fantastic save from Dootson denying his goal-bound long-range effort.
Buxton were not to be denied and when Lugsden was judged to have been brought down in the box Reed again stepped up to fire in the penalty on 62 minutes.
Buxton: Turner, Black, Wilde, Istead (Hawes, 46), Agus, Roberts, Stevens, Towey, Reed (Payne, 76), Lugsden (Bradbury, 88), Davidson. Subs not used: Maxfield, Hartley.