Sullivan’s magnificent seven for Christians

Buxton Christians v Whaley Bridge Reserves (red)
Buxton Christians v Whaley Bridge Reserves (red)

A Division

Hathersage 1

Buxton Christians 7

PROLIFIC striker Paul Sullivan netted seven times as Buxton Christians overwhelmed promotion rivals Hathersage on Saturday.

The player took the man of the match award with his performance, to take his tally for the season to 35 goals from just 17 games.

While Hathersage probably had more shots at goal than the Christians, they were either wide of the target or saved by Christians’ brilliant keeper Adam Sadler.

Going forward Christians were irresistible. Alongside Sullivan, Craig Owen was brilliant playing at a level that completely bemused the Hathersage defenders. Leon Owen and Mellor worked tirelessly in central midfield, while Dunn and Roberts used the ball superbly in the wide midfield positions. Slack and Heathcote were always ready to come forward from the wing back positions, while Poole and Stanway got ever more assertive in central defence as the game progressed. Sullivan’s first goal came after Mellor won a tackle, and fed Craig Owen who put a delicate ball through the middle which was tucked away expertly. Goal number two followed a clever cross with the outside of the foot from Craig Owen which was met by a powerful downward header from Mellor. The goalie could only parry the shot into the path of Sullivan, who turned the loose ball into the net.

Just before half time, Roberts released Sullivan with a great through ball and the striker completed hat-trick number one with his usual calm finish. Sullivan netted his fourth from the penalty spot, after Owen was brought down in the box, and made it five when again released by the impressive Roberts.

Hathersage pulled a goal back and threw bodies forward, but this only gave Sullivan more space and he completed his double hat-trick after latching on to a long clearance from Sadler, before finishing the rout after capitalising on a defensive error.