Blazing Rag triumphed at the Silverlands last Sunday to lift the Carnival Cup, as they loosened Buxton Town’s grip on the trophy.
Over 200 people attended the three matches on a day when the action was as enjoyable as the weather it was played in.
The first game saw Blazing Rag take on Buxton Select XI. Both sides fought hard for possession but it was Rag’s Rick Carr who opened the scoring with a curling effort 18 yards out.
A valiant Buxton drew level in stoppage time thanks to Steve Bentley’s strike.
The game then went straight to penalties with Rag prevailing 4-2.
The second match saw Buxton Town, winners for the past two years, face Cote Heath.
This was also a close encounter with both teams equally matched.
This game also went to spot-kicks and it was an identical scoreline of 4-2, in favour of Cote Heath, that saw the holders depart.
Cote Heath stopper Oliver Madin was the star of the show, saving two of Town’s penalties.
In the final Rag started the brighter of the two sides and with 10 minutes played Carr put them 1-0 up.
Cote Heath then bossed large periods of the game without being able to force their way past a stubborn defence.
A strong penalty appeal for Heath was waved away by the referee Chris Large late on in the game and Rag eventually hung on to win the trophy at the third time of asking.
Buxton Wells Dressing Committee would like to thank Buxton Football Club and the numerous players, management, officials, volunteers and supporters for their help at this year’s event.