Buxton Town lift the Carnival Cup at Silverlands

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Buxton Town etched their name in to the history books with a third Carnival Cup victory at Silverlands.

Crowds flocked to the home of Buxton FC on a bright and sunny carnival Sunday to see four sides from the Hope Valley Football League compete.

Fairfield Football Club, the newcomers to the cup, started the competition well with a hard-fought victory over a strong Cote Health Football Club, managed by Stuart Gould.

Steve Bentley opened the scoring for Cote Heath only to see a spirited Fairfield fight back to win the tie thanks to two goals from Rob Bailey.

The second match saw a very subdued Blazing Rag surrender their grip on the trophy they won last year, allowing Buxton Town to score five goals through Luke Stow, Paul Sullivan (2), Scott Heathcote and Tallis Stone.

Chris Martin scored a consolation goal with the last kick of the match.

The final between Buxton Town and Fairfield turned out to be a very one side affair, with Buxton dominating much of the play, which inevitably led to a flurry of goals.

Sullivan (4), Stow (2) and Jamie Prive for Buxton saw them run out 7-2 winners.

Lewis Betts with the goals for Fairfield and a special mention for his second, without question the goal of the tournament, a 30-yard half volley which was simply unstoppable.

Tallis Stone was voted player of the tournament.

Organiser Paul Timmins said: “Special thanks must be given to Buxton Football Club for the use of the facilitites and providing an excellent playing surface for the teams to play on, the three officials; Shaun Waring, Pam Learning, Mark Taylor, who stepped in at the last minute, Stuart Corbett for the superb photographs, and finally a big thank you to the four teams and supporters for all their donations which amounted to £452.20p.”