Buxton Town 3
Buxton Town were victorious in a bruising encounter at Brampton on Saturday to keep pressure on title favourites Whaley Bridge.
Town adopted a three-man attack and the strikers of Mark Balfe, Colin Moss and Matt Clark were excellent in the first half, while Richard Mirams enjoyed the freedom of the right-hand side.
The opening goal arrived midway through the half when a Mirams long throw was flicked on by Zach Law and the ball fell kindly for Jack Grindey, whose first-time volley with his weaker left foot nestled in the bottom corner.
Brampton rarely threatened as Danny Ball controlled the back four, while George Burgess gave excellent cover to the backline as he broke up the play.
Balfe forced Steve Shippham into a fantastic stop as he was picked out by Moss. Clark then had a goal disallowed for offside after good work from Tim Halpin down the left, before Balfe crashed a shot against the crossbar. Mirams almost scored a wonder goal when Shippham was out of his goal following a poor clearance and Mirams sent the ball back first time just over the bar.
Town started the second half well, but against the run of play Brampton levelled.
Chris Graham and Luke Catt defended well, with Catt denying Grindey when he stopped the ball on the line with his back, but with 20 minutes remaining Town breached the defence as Balfe flicked the ball on and Moss ran through and lobbed Shippham.
Town netted a third when Balfe was upended by Shippham and, from the resulting penalty, Grindey calmly slotted the ball home.
Buxton: P Moss, Mirams, Hunter, Ball, Halpin, Burgess, Gregory (Heywood), Grindey, Balfe, C Moss (Green), Clark (Adams). Sub not used: Haworth. Buxton Building Supplies’ man of the match: Danny Ball.