Late, late show seals cup final berth for visitors

Derbyshire Junior Cup semi final, Chapel Town Reserves v Buxton Town (black)
Derbyshire Junior Cup semi final, Chapel Town Reserves v Buxton Town (black)

Buxton Town staged a dramatic late fightback at Chapel on Saturday, as they booked a place in the DCFA Junior Cup Final thanks to a 2-1 win.

A last minute equaliser from Matt Hesketh and then an injury-time Craig Owen winner saw Town reach the showpiece, where they will face league rivals Dronfield Town A in April.

Town had been out of action for the last three weeks due to the recent wet weather and the ring rustiness showed, with Chapel looking the brighter of the two teams without really testing Ross Townsend.

However, it was the visitors who had the first real opportunity when Owen slipped Dom Taylor in but the striker saw his effort go inches wide of Brandon Yeomans’ right-hand post.

In the 26th minute Chapel then took the lead when Jonny Furmston’s free-kick on the edge of the area was fired low into the bottom corner.

The hosts almost doubled the advantage towards half-time when Olly France broke clear of the Town back four and looked certain to score, only for Townsend to make a fantastic save with his feet to deny the prolific marksman.

In the 44th minute Town captain Lee Smith was fortunate not to see red when he felled Jason Wood who was clear on goal.

Smith stayed on and from the resulting free-kick Furmston’s effort this time crept inches wide.

Buxton upped their game in the second period and peppered the Chapel goal in pursuit of an equaliser.

The introduction of youngsters Prince and Hesketh turned the game on its head and in the 89th minute the move paid dividends as Buxton drew level.

Hesketh was on hand to take advantage of a defensive mix-up, as he calmly rolled the ball into the net.

With both sides then preparing for extra-time, Owen latched on to a header, ran clear and stabbed the ball home to seal an unlikely win for Buxton.