Town cup win caps a successful season

CUP WINNERS: Buxton Town, pictured with the Hope Valley League's Lawrence Cup. Photo contributed.
CUP WINNERS: Buxton Town, pictured with the Hope Valley League's Lawrence Cup. Photo contributed.

Lawrence Cup Final: Buxton Town 4, Holmesfield 3

BUXTON Town ended an excellent season on Friday night by lifting the Lawrence Cup as they saw off Holmesfield at Tideswell.

Despite starting well, Town fell behind in the ninth minute when Jack Hargreaves bent a free-kick around the wall into the net.

Holmesfield were a hard-working side as they closed Town down quickly, but Joe Burgess and Josh Greaves both found space in the wide areas as they created opportunities.

The Town equaliser arrived in the 22nd minute when Danny Ball picked out the run of Colin Moss, who challenged the keeper, and the ball broke free for Greaves who provided an excellent finish.

A much-improved second half saw Town take control of the game. They took the lead when Moss picked the ball up on the right and cut inside before bending his shot into the corner of the net.

The introduction of Matt Clark had a huge impact on the game as he terrorised the Holmesfield back four, and within minutes of joining the action Clark increased Town’s lead as he found space in the area and saw his shot nestle in the bottom corner.

Jace Broome and George Burgess were outstanding in the middle as they kept the ball well for Town, and Burgess was unlucky to see a shot flash wide of goal following a good move.

The game looked to be over when Joe Burgess drove into the area from the left and smashed a shot into the net in the 65th minute.

Holmesfield have been a credit to the Premier Division this season and they showed their fighting spirit when Ross McDonald’s free-kick was guided into the net by Ben Brown.

Town were now on the back foot as Holmesfield looked to get back into the game, but skipper Richard Mirams was superb and drove his team on with some excellent defending.

Town almost increased their lead again when a Moss corner was met by a bullet header from Ball who saw his header cleared off the line by Jack Sheppard. As the ball came back out it was smashed against the post by George Burgess.

Holmesfield made it a nervy last few minutes for Town when they pulled a goal back in the 88th minute but Town saw the game out to cap a fantastic season, with skipper Mirams collecting the impressive trophy as well as the league’s man of the match award.

Buxton: Gartside, Mirams, Ball, Mallaband, Davies, Greaves (Clark), G Burgess, Broome (Owen), J Burgess (Wilding), Grindey, Moss. Subs not used: Haworth, Smith.