Town defeat champions Dove to reach Lawrence Cup final

Lawrence Cup Semi-Final: Buxton Town 1, Dove Holes 0

A SUPERB strike from Jack Grindey in the latter stages of extra time saw Town defeat league champions Dove Holes on Monday night to set up a third cup final of the season.

The first half of this match saw both sides cancel each other out with few chances created, although Dove did force Chris Gartside into an early save as he dived to his right to stop a Charlie Vize free-kick.

Leon Owen had an excellent game for Town as the midfield battle saw some crunching tackles from both sides, while James Mallaband was again solid at the heart of Town’s back-four.

Steve Bentley was always a threat as he looked to get in down the Town left, but the usually reliable striker couldn’t provide the finish.

At the other end, Jace Broome saw a shot flash just wide of Stuart Lindsay’s goal.

Town began to dominate the chances in the second half with Broome heading an Adam Davies corner onto the bar before Colin Moss broke clear but Moss saw Lindsay save his effort.

Lindsay again came to Dove’s rescue when Grindey broke into the area, before superb defending from the impressive Jon Vize saw him block a Joe Burgess shot on the line. Mallaband was next to try his luck following a scramble but again Dove’s back-four stood firm.

The tie headed into extra time and Josh Greaves should have scored when he had a free header six yards out but his effort flew over the bar. Greaves made up for it in the second period when making a superb last-ditch block on the Town goal line.

Penalties were looming but Grindey picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and bent a superb effort into the far corner of Lindsay’s goal to send Town into the final.

Dove saw former Town star Zak Heywood sent off for a late tackle, and in the very last minute an Aaron Hodgkinson free-kick saw the Town wall block the shot as the full-time whistle blew.

Town now meet Holmesfield in the final tonight (Friday) at Tideswell, after they defeated Tintwistle 4-3 on penalties (1-1 after extra time) in the other semi-final.

Buxton: Gartside, Mirams (Wilding), Ball, Mallaband, Davies, Greaves, Owen, Broome, Burgess (Smith), Grindey, Moss. Substitutes not used: Haworth, Young. Man of the Match: James Mallaband.