Buxton progress in FA Cup after comfortable win

MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.
MIDLANDS Regional Alliance round-up.

Buxton avoided an FA Cup banana skin to cruise past Armthorpe Welfare 6-1 and progress to the third qualifying round.

The match was effectively won by the two goals in four minutes scored late in the first half.

Welfare kept going and at least had the consolation of persevering striker Joe Lumsden netting the tie’s last goal.

Armthorpe included former Buxton youngster James Handley and he featured in his side’s best move of the opening half when his effort was blocked by Alastair Taylor.

Two divisions separate these teams so unsurprisingly the Bucks were in control from the outset and Armthorpe looked particularly vulnerable at several well-directed corner-kicks.

The visitors’ opening goal in the 38th minute resulted from a floated cross from the right by Niall Doran, which beat ‘keeper Biggs on its way to the net.

Only three minutes later the winger advanced on the left to be fouled at the by-line and Liam Hardy, returning to the club where he made his name, struck home his sixth penalty of the season so far.

Hardy made it 3-0 two minutes after half-time when he headed in an Alex Wiles’ looped cross.

The fourth goal came shortly before the hour when Greg Young headed home the rebound after defender Glenn Belezika had thrashed a 20-yard thunderbolt against the underside of the bar.

Hardy completed his hat-trick after 75 minutes with the best goal of the game as he and substitute Tom Buckley interpassed to fashion the opening for the striker‘s slide-rule finish.

Belezika powered the ball into goal from four yards following a corner to make it 6-0 in the closing minutes, before Collingham pulled a consolation goal back.