Diane’s late strike seals title for Buxton Ladies

LFC Buxton Ladies, who won their league title in 2014-15.
LFC Buxton Ladies, who won their league title in 2014-15.

LFC Buxton Ladies are toasting success after clinching the league title in the most dramatic circumstances.

Diane Milner’s injury time goal earned a 2-2 draw against Woodlands and secured the crown with a game to spare.

20 minutes earlier there seemed to be no chance of a recovery as Woodlands were first to the ball and their passing was crisp.

Buxton had fallen behind to some poor marking at an early Woodlands corner and the ball was fired home from 10 yards out to put the hosts in the lead, a lead they kept to the end of a first half which was low on genuine goalscoring chances for either team.

Buxton struggled to get the ball upfield with both Laura Lloyd and Charlotte Allerton not getting the service they required, whilst Mel Owen and Rebecca Beresford in the centre of midfield were having to deal with Woodlands’ midfield rather than be able to work the ball forward themselves.

Despite trailing at the break, the second half started well with a flurry of subs ensuring they gradually won more possession and created several chances.

After seeing a string of chances go begging, it was a sucker punch for the Bucks’ Ladies when Woodlands broke free and scored against the run of play with a good shot low into the corner.

The goal came with a quarter of an hour to go and was a bitter pill to swallow for the Bucks.

However, a formation change and the deployment of five strikers on the pitch saw Buxton create a raft of chances.

They eventually pulled a goal back and what a strike it was - Charlotte Allerton finding the net via a 25-yard lob.

Urged on by the noisy away support, Buxton poured forward and a chance soon fell to the feet of Milner who drilled it with her left foot into an open net with no time left on the clock.

That sparked wild celebrations as the Bucks earned the point which ensured they had clinched the league championship.