Buxton Town put in five-star showing

Hope Valley League, Buxton Town v Cote Heath (red)
Hope Valley League, Buxton Town v Cote Heath (red)
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Buxton Town won 5-2 against Cote Heath last weekend, in their first league game since the opening week of the new year on Saturday.

Hope Valley League, Peak Dale v Holmesfield (green)

Hope Valley League, Peak Dale v Holmesfield (green)

On a blustery day at Fairfield, Town were kicking into the wind in the first half but the back four were excellent and looked solid when questions were asked of them.

Town took the lead in the 18th minute when a dangerous corner from Jamie Prince was only half-cleared, allowing Wilding to thunder his shot through the crowded penalty area and into the net.

In the 33rd minute Cote Heath drew level when Fletcher’s shot went in off the inside of the post.

A Leon Owen shot from wide on the right drifted inches wide shortly before the interval.

Town started the second half well and Owen created the opportunity for brother Craig in the opening minute of the half and he held off the defender before sliding the ball under Madin to regain Town’s lead.

The lead was increased further soon after, when the diminutive Prince fired home to make it 3-1.

James Roberts then picked out Matt Hesketh who was unfortunate to see his near-post header rebound off a post.

A Cote Heath breakaway saw Callum Harrison-Moore fire his shot into Taylor’s bottom corner to put the home side back in the game, but former Cote Heath man Matt Wildgoose soon restored Town’s two-goal advantage when he fired into the roof of the net to make it 4-2.

Wildgoose was then upended in the box and he dusted himself down to step up and slot the resulting penalty into the bottom corner to wrap the game up for Town and keep the pressure on the top three ahead of next Saturday’s vital clash with Buxworth.

• Elsewhere in the Hope Valley League, Premier Division leaders Holmesfield went down to a 2-0 loss at Peak Dale.

Their lead at the top has been trimmed to just a point after Dove Holes thrashed Dronfield Woodhouse 4-0 away from home.

In the basement battle, Youlgrave romped to a 6-2 win over Hope Sports.

In the A Division, Ashover still have a five-point gap between themselves and the chasing pack as they overcame Dove Holes Reserves, 3-0.

FC United Tideswell pulled off the result of the day, beating Chinley 8-0 at home.

In the bottom tier, Bamford’s lead at the top was cut to nine points after they lost 3-2 to Railway.