Buxton Town halt poor run of form with victory

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A Joe Cooke hat-trick helped Buxton Town put a halt to their recent poor run of form, as they saw off a spirited Bamford side 4-1.

In wet and windy conditions, the first 20 minutes saw Town trying to get used to the elements, although Cooke twice came close to scoring.

Christy McCorry forced Ryan Haworth into a good save with the Town keeper’s handling exceptional throughout.

It was on the half hour mark that Town took the lead when Ben Richardson’s freekick was flicked on by Paul Sullivan and Cooke beat the offside trap before slipping the ball under Jamie Grant.

Town were now in the ascendancy and Tallis Stone had a goal ruled out for offside before Town struck again when James Wilding’s shot rebounded back off the post and Cooke was on hand to turn the ball home for his second.

Sullivan and Liam Bradshaw both fired shots narrowly wide before Town added a third ahead of the interval.

Following a great piece of football, started by Sam Butler who picked out Bradshaw on the wing, his excellent delivery found Sullivan who in turn fed Matt Stanway and he laid the ball into the path of Stone who found the bottom corner of Grant’s goal.

Bradshaw came close early in the second half when he saw Grant make a good save.

Haworth made a good stop low down at the other end before Town added a fourth goal when Stanway’s excellent through ball found Cooke and he coolly lobbed Grant to complete his hat-trick.

Ryan Byrne saw his header chalked off for offside and Stanway saw his shot come crashing back off the crossbar.

Bamford pulled a consolation goal back in the final minute when Sam Morley’s cross was met by a powerful header from Sam Passingham giving Haworth no chance.

Man of the Match was Joe Cooke

On Saturday Buxton Town will play host to Darley Dale Lions, a side who would leapfrog them with victory.

The Lions are two points behind fourth-placed Buxton, with two games in hand,