Dore Shield Final: Holmesfield 1, Buxton Town 2
A COLIN Moss strike late in the game saw Buxton Town beat Holmesfield to lift the Dore Shield at the Silverlands.
It was a superb advert for the Hope Valley League as both sides entertained the healthy crowd with some superb football.
Town started well, with Moss forcing the Holmesfield keeper into three excellent early saves.
Against the run of play Holmesfield took the lead in the 22nd minute when Jack Hargreaves found a way through the Town back-four with a great through ball which saw Sam Reed fire past Chris Gartside.
Hargreaves was a thorn in Town’s side and almost scored when Reed found him at the near post but he put it wide.
Town rode the storm and George Burgess and Jace Broome began to dominate in the middle, while Jack Grindey never stopped and created chances for Town.
Grindey found Moss but the striker flashed his shot the wrong side of the post, while Joe Burgess was denied by the keeper.
The Town equaliser came in the 40th minute when a Broome corner was nodded into the net by Joe Burgess for his 25th of the season.
Town continued to pressure Holmesfield in the second half and Moss fired a shot over the bar when he broke clear, while the Town back-four of Mirams, Ball, Mallaband and Davies were all excellent when Holmesfield threw on pacy striker Gareth Murdoch.
As Holmesfield began to tire Grindey had the defence on the back foot. Town forced five corners in a row, while a Mark Harris free-kick saw Richard Mirams go close.
But with extra time looming, another bit of Grindey magic saw him beat three players before finding Moss at the far post who controlled before firing into the roof of the net with just four minutes remaining.
Town saw the game out and fully deserved the victory, with Jack Grindey picking up the league’s man of the match award and skipper Mirams lifting the Dore Shield.