Buxton Christians 4, Hathersage 3
BUXTON Christians won their third game on the spin with a hard-fought victory over Hathersage.
The Christians started brightly and took the lead after 15 minutes when Slack’s header from a corner was deflected past his own keeper by a Hathersage defender.
After a long stoppage for an injury to Dunn, Hathersage dominated the remainder of the half and scored a well-deserved equaliser just before half time.
Christians were dangerous on the break and went 2-1 ahead immediately after half time, when Jamie Smith put a perfectly-weighted pass through to Sullivan who finished crisply. Soon it was 3-1 when Sullivan’s ball across the area found Craig Owen, who set up Roberts to lash the ball into the net.
Hathersage battled back to make it 3-2 with a great run and scorching shot from a central midfielder, before Sullivan netted his 47th goal of the season with a wonderful curling left-foot shot from wide out on the right.
A well-struck free kick made it 4-3, but Christians held on comfortably for a well-deserved win.
Leon Owen was a well-deserved recipient of the man of the match award, but there were good performances throughout the Christians team during this excellent victory.
Buxton Christians 5, Grindleford Reserves 1
BUXTON Christians outclassed a hard-working but limited Grindleford outfit. Christians opened the scoring through good work on the left by man of the match Dunn, who set up Heathcote for a powerful drive into the bottom corner from outside the box.
Grindleford equalised from the penalty spot on a rare raid, but Christians continued to carve out chances and eventually put two of them away in the latter stages of the first half.
Firstly Dunn’s header released Sullivan inside the box and he showed his predatory instincts by finishing clinically, and then Green’s through ball released Craig Owen and he tucked the chance away to make it 3-1 at half time.
A second from a typically jinking run and calm finish by the brilliant Craig Owen, and a 45th of the season from the prolific Sullivan, wrapped up the win in the second half.