Terrific Town hang on to get back to winning ways

BACK TO WINNING WAYS -- Buxton Town.
BACK TO WINNING WAYS -- Buxton Town.

Relieved Buxton Town returned to winning ways in the A Division of the Hope Valley League, although they were made to hang on in a match against Darley Dale Lions that they dominated.

Town triumphed 2-1 after playing some terrific football at times on an immaculate Whitworth Park pitch, with Tallis Stone, Paul Sullivan and Sam Butler all going close before the breakthrough goal just after the half-hour mark. Stone laid the ball into the path of Craig Owen, whose superbly-bent shot curled into the far corner, giving the ‘keeper no chance.

Darley Dale almost drew level with a header from Jonathan Cooper, but Town doubled their lead early in the second half when a bright move started by Matt Stanway led to Scott Heathcote delivering a fine pass behind the defence for dangerous man-of-the-match Jamie Prince, who rolled the ball home at the far post.

Stone and Luke Bradshaw forced more saves from the ‘keeper before the tide suddenly turned and the home side began to pin Town back in their own half.

After they were denied by a post and a goalline clearance, Darley Dale pulled a goal, when Jack Stephenson showed good composure in the box, and they had Town so rattled that they looked sure to equalise.

However, the visitors calmed things down, regained control and almost snatched a third goal when Ryan Byrne went clear, only to be foiled by the ‘keeper.