Buxton 4-1 Stourbridge - report

Liam Hardy found the net twice on Saturday.
Liam Hardy found the net twice on Saturday.

Buxton finally got back to winning ways after a morale-boosting win at home to Stourbridge.

Martin McIntosh’s side went into the match with just one win in their last nine league outings but they finally delivered a much-needed three-point haul here.

Top-scorers Shaun Tuton and Liam Hardy both found the target in the first-half before the visitors pulled a goal back through a free-kick in the second half.

Hardy restored the two-goal buffer though, to calm any nerves of a Stourbridge comeback before Laurie Wilson’s speculative free-kick sailed in in what was virtually the last kick of the game.

The fog was present throughout the game with the mist getting worse and worse as the game wore on.

Greg Young provided the first effort for the hosts when he stayed up for a corner and hit a sweet half-volley that was parried by Coleman in the visitors’ goal.

Wilson then hit a daisy-cutter before the returning Arron Jameson saved the day after a short backpass allowed a Stourbridge attacker in.

Hardy then sprayed a majestic ball out wide to Alastair Taylor who ran on to it and fired a shot just wide of Coleman’s goal.

Moments later the breakthrough arrived when Tuton fired home the opening goal.

Young’s ball was sent upfield and hung high in the foggy Silverlands sky.

Coleman then misjudged the bounce, allowing Tuton to latch on, round the stopper and coolly slot home.

Buxton then dominated proceedings until the eve of half-time, when the lead was doubled.

Hardy tapped in a couple of yards out after a good move from the hosts down the left flank.

Laurie Wilson then fired an effort over and Hardy was denied by a terrific sprawling save from Coleman as the Bucks unsuccessfully chased a third before the interval.

Taylor went on a mazy run and saw his shot just go wide in the first effort of the second half.

Stourbridge then pulled a goal back from nowhere when Drew Canavan’s free-kick sailed into the goal.

Jameson may have been unsighted by the fog but credit must go to the visitors’ attacker for lifting the ball over the wall and in.

The Bucks ‘keeper then came to the rescue when Kayelden Brown was through on goal and drew a good save from the home stopper.

Hardy then planted a header over the bar before Stourbridge threatened to pull level only to fall short on a couple of occasions.

However, Buxton were gifted a third when a cross from King was completely flutffed by a visiting defender, allowing Hardy to gleefully tap in his second of the day.

The fog descended more prominently as the clocked ticked down, but Buxton still had time for a fourth when Wilson’s free-kick sailed in to put the icing on the cake.

Bucks: Jameson, Green, Palmer, Young, Ludlam, King, Stevens (Niven 75), Wilson, Taylor (Williams 80), Tuton, Hardy (Corner 89)

Subs not used: Ryan, Reed.

Att: 268