Buxton go top of the table

Liam Hardy now has eight goals this season.
Liam Hardy now has eight goals this season.

Buxton recorded a 2-1 win at King’s Lynn on Tuesday to soar to the top of the Evo-Stik Premier Division table.

The victory made it six wins on the spin for Martin McIntosh’s side and extended their unbeaten run to nine matches.

Against a side fresh from a 7-0 FA Cup win, Buxton needed to produce a fully-committed, hard-working display and this they achieved splendidly.

They were once again inspired by skipper Derek Niven, who seemed to be everywhere; running, closing down opponents, tackling and prompting attacks.

One enforced change saw Craig King come in for the absent Mark Reed, who was unable to make the long trek due to work commitments.

There was a dearth of clear openings from the pacey Liam Hardy and Shaun Tuton in the first half as the two sides effectively cancelled each other out.

The second half could not have been more different as the game opened up immediately to create an abundance of goalmouth incidents.

It was the Linnets who seized the initiative and drew first blood, opening the scoring in the 49th minute.

Arron Jameson made a good, low save to foil a right-flank attack, but the second effort from the right by full-back Watson beat the ‘keeper low to his right.

Buxton’s response was immediate, with home stopper Street holding a Jamie Green 30-yard free-kick at the second attempt, but he was then given no chance as Tuton galloped onto a through ball, confidently finding the bottom corner of the net with a left-footed drive.

The lead had lasted a mere five minutes.

Stung into action, Lynn almost immediately found the net but the strike was disallowed as the ball had passed out of play prior to the decisive pull back.

The visitors now established midfield authority, allowing Tuton and Hardy to force corner kicks with Ludlam firing narrowly past the target.

Then, from a lofted King cross, Street’s fingertips deprived Hardy of a likely scoring contact.

However, the predatory striker was soon celebrating the winning goal.

King was again the provider, firing in a low cross from the left.

Tuton’s shot was blocked, but the ball fell to Hardy who made no mistake from close range in the 69th minute.

The Linnets made a spirited but vain attempt to save the game, particularly in the closing minutes, with enterprising front-runner Frew prominently involved, but Buxton’s rock-solid rearguard ensured a happy homeward journey.

Buxton: Jameson, Ludlam, Palmer, Young, Green, Taylor, Niven, Stevens (Istead, 87), Tuton, King (Williams, 87), Hardy.

Unused subs: Davies, Ryan, Handley.

Att: 374.