BUXTON TRIVIA: Hotshot Hardy breaks a 35-year-old club record

FA Cup. Armthorpe Welfare v Buxton FC (red). Warren Burrell congratulates Liam Hardy scoring a penalty
FA Cup. Armthorpe Welfare v Buxton FC (red). Warren Burrell congratulates Liam Hardy scoring a penalty

After Liam Hardy’s recent achievement of back-to-back hat-tricks, former Buxton chairman Tony Tomlinson trawled through the club’s history books to see when the feat was last achieved.

Buxton’s record books have been dusted off and put to work again this weekend for a third time in recent weeks!

First up was the quest to find the last occasion that a Silverlands match was abandoned on account of pitch conditions.

It turned out it was 33 years.

That was quickly followed by the hunt for Mark Reed’s record-time hat-trick - which came on February 16, 2013 in a 6-2 win against Eastwood Town.

Reed’s treble came in a quickfire three minutes and 41.8 seconds to be precise.

The search for this was made necessary by Liam Hardy’s three-minute treble in the 5-1 demolition of Barwell.

Then, last Saturday it was Hardy who once more was the centre of attention as he bagged another Silverlands hat-trick as the Bucks overcame Mickleover 4-1.

So when was the last time that a Buxton player scored hat-tricks in consecutive matches?

Well Reed twice went close in 2009.

The first occasion was during Easter when he bagged a three-goal haul against Matlock Town followed by a brace at Leigh.

Then in November after his sole four-goal blast for the club at Durham City, another brace came next.

Further back, in the spring of 1994 Bevan Blackwood netted a pair of hat-tricks at the Silverlands inside the space of eight days.

However, there was two other games played inbetween.

In fact 1980 was the year and it was former Sheffield Wednesday striker David Herbert who last scored hat-tricks in consecutive matches.

First he did the business at home in a seven-goal thrashing of Tamworth.

Then, the following Saturday in a 4-2 win for Colin Whitaker’s team at Goole Town Herbert repeated the feat.

Sadly David died young, at the age of just 46 in 2002 after treatment for cancer.