Buxton Town 3
Buxton Town progressed into the next round of the Dore Shield with arguably their best display of the season at a windswept Fairfield Centre.
The home side, kicking into the gale in the first half, took the game to Grindleford with Jack Grindey, Jack Gregory and Richard Mirams orchestrating from the middle of the park, while Heywood and Clark worked hard in the wide areas.
Credit has to go to the two centre halves Andy Jackson and Colin Moss who were both outstanding as they won every tackle and every header in the difficult conditions.
Town had to make an early change when Rob Green picked up an injury and was replaced by Shane Mycock but Town still kept playing neat and tidy football and they took the lead in the 21st minute when Gregory’s superb free-kick was met by Grindey for a simple tap-in.
Grindleford went close to equalising when Mirams saw a defensive header from a corner cleared off his own goal-line by Mycock.
Peter Moss made a great diving save to his right from a Grindleford free kick.
Grindey doubled Town’s lead from the penalty spot, after being pushed over by Grindleford keeper Ben Bell.
Chris Adams was picked out by an excellent pass from the impressive Mark Harris but as Adams cut inside his shot was easily saved.
In the 43rd minute Town were reduced to ten men when Mycock retaliated to a foul.
But the hosts put the game to bed early in the second half when Clark’s header sent Grindey clear on goal and Town’s talisman produced a fantastic finish.
Although there were no further goals, Town kept playing the game the right way and every single player can be proud of their efforts.
Buxton: P Moss, Green (Mycock), Jackson, C Moss, Harris, Heywood, Mirams (Heathcote), Gregory (Barton), Clark, Grindey, Adams. Subs not used: Haworth, Betts. Buxton Building Supplies’ man of the match: Colin Moss.