Young nets as Town lift inaugural cup

Blazing Rag's Stuart Gould launches a ball goalwards during their match against the Buxton Christians. Photos by Kevin Davies.
Blazing Rag's Stuart Gould launches a ball goalwards during their match against the Buxton Christians. Photos by Kevin Davies.
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A GOAL from ex-Buxton Christians player Steven Young saw Buxton Town lift the inaugural Buxton Carnival Cup.

Town beat Blazing Rag in the final of last Friday’s competition at the Silverlands, which raised £370.63 for Buxton Carnival.

Mark Balfe earlier scored a well-taken hat-trick as Buxton Town reached the final with a 3-0 win over a determined Bulls Head side, who never let their heads drop despite being outclassed.

In the first match, a Lee Bentley goal five minutes from the end saw Blazing Rag edge past Buxton Christians, who struck the woodwork twice in a tight contest.

Organiser Andy Tooze said: “It was a great success with a good-sized crowd enjoying three quality matches, played in a fantastic spirit which showcased the skill and positive attitude of local football in Buxton.

“All of the competing players made the most of the opportunity of playing on the wonderful Buxton pitch as well as contributing a fiver each to the carnival fund. The players raised the impressive total of £290 between them.”

Paul Timmins, representing the wells dressing committee, presented commemorative medallions to the three officials, and the Player of the Tournament award to Dave Mansfield, from the Blazing Rag. Buxton Town manager Andy Wood and captain Richard Miriams collected the Carnival Cup.

Organisers wish to thank Buxton Football Club for providing their ground and facilities for free, and to the excellent referees, Steve Bradshaw, Robin Metcalfe, and Shaun Waring, who also provided their services without charge.