Dronfield Town A 3, Buxton Town 4
A late George Burgess winner sealed a dramatic comeback for Buxton Town on Saturday.
In only the tenth minute, Buxton lost their talisman Jack Grindey as he picked up a groin injury.
Dronfield took the lead as Jake Turner sent the impressive Charles Bradwell through on goal and he slotted under the keeper. Then a speculative effort from Jamie Willis saw Dronfield double their lead.
Dronfield defended well, but after a few positional changes at half-time it was Buxton who began to get a grip on the game with Richard Mirams and Burgess beginning to dominate the central area while Clark worked tirelessly up front.
Buxton pulled one back on the hour mark as Peter Moss sent Anthony Hunter on a run which was halted on the halfway line as he was upended, and Colin Moss’ free kick was glanced into the net by Tim Halpin.
A harsh penalty was given as Moss and Kenny tangled, and Bradwell squeezed the ball under Peter Moss.
Buxton’s last throw of the dice was to introduce Adam Betts and almost immediately they pulled one back as Stannard made a great save from Moss but from the resulting corner the keeper could only help Halpin’s ball into the net.
Driven on by skipper Mirams, who was outstanding, Town equalised in the 84th minute when Rob Green’s cross was not dealt with and Ryan Haworth provided the finish.
Then Burgess popped up in the 88th minute when he charged forward and cut into the area before sliding the ball under Stannard from a tight angle.
The goal was tough on Dronfield who had played so well but Buxton showed great character to win the game which had looked a lost cause.
Buxton: P Moss, Mirams, Hunter, Burgess, Harris, Young (Betts), Green, Grindey (Haworth), Halpin, Clark, C Moss. Buxton Building Supplies’ man of the match: George Burgess.