Buxton Town 3
Dove Holes 1
Many people were expecting a Dove win as Town went into this game severely depleted, and among the changes was a first start for 16-year-old keeper Ryan Haworth.
Dove were by far the better side in the opening 20 minutes, with Town centre halves Anthony Hunter and Colin Moss enjoying a great battle with live-wire striker Steven Bentley.
Haworth pulled off a fantastic save as he pushed Aaron Maund’s header over the bar and, from the resulting corner, Town broke clear and took the lead in the 24th minute. Richard Mirams carried the ball forward from the halfway line and then split the Dove back four with a perfectly weighted pass to George Burgess who lobbed keeper Stuart Lindsay.
Graham Poole missed a glaring chance to equalise when he blazed wide of an open goal from two yards out.
This proved costly as Town went up the other end and doubled their lead, as Jack Gregory spotted the run of Burgess, who scored from a tight angle.
The home side continued to look the more likely to score after the break, with Chris Adams testing Lindsay.
Steven Young forced Lindsay to push his shot away for a corner and as Mark Harris sent the ball in it was met with a bullet header from Young to wrap up the points.
Matt Clark was impressive as he moved inside, but as the game headed to a close Town were guilty of showboating and Charlie Vize saw Haworth push a free-kick onto the bar before Stewart Bothamley spotted the youngster off his line but Bothamley’s shot crashed back off the crossbar.
Dove were awarded an injury time penalty after Moss felled Bothamley, and from the resulting spot kick Vize smashed the ball home.
Buxton: Haworth, Mirams, Moss, Hunter, Harris, Heywood (Mycock), Green (Young), Gregory, Clark, Burgess (Halsey), Adams. Buxton Building Supplies’ man of the match: Anthony Hunter.