Dore Shield Quarter-Finals: Dove Holes 1, Buxton Town 2
BUXTON Town progressed to the semi-finals of the Dore Shield with a superb all-round team performance at local rivals Dove Holes.
Town set out to attack from the off, not allowing Dove time to settle on the ball.
Dove’s lone striker Sam Johnson was rarely in the game as he was well shackled by the outstanding centre-half pairing of Danny Ball and James Mallaband. Jace Broome and Jack Grindey also stood out as Town dominated midfield.
Town got the breakthrough in the 33rd minute when Broome charged at the Dove back-four before shooting powerfully into the corner of Stuart Lindsay’s net. Ball was picking out some delightful passes finding Josh Greaves in the wide area, while Mark Harris did well down the left.
Dove brought on Aaron Maund at half-time to partner Johnson and this made a difference as he ran at the Town back four but again Ball and Mallaband were in no mood to concede and Dove were limited to set-piece chances with Scott Murcott towering over everybody from a corner but heading too high.
Midway through the second half Town increased their lead when Harris picked out Colin Moss with a superb free-kick and Moss netted at the far post.
James Wilding came on and chased everything and harried the Dove back four, while Adam Davies made a promising debut for Town.
Chris Gartside was called into action late on, tipping over from Johnson before denying Maund with his legs when the striker broke clear.
Andy Jackson and Leon Owen had excellent games while George Burgess played manfully despite being ill.
Dove pulled a goal back in injury time when Johnson stabbed home, but it was too little too late. Town now meet Brampton in the semi-finals on Easter Monday.
Buxton: Gartside, Jackson, Ball, Mallaband, Harris, Greaves (Wilding), G.Burgess (Davies), Grindey, Broome, J.Burgess (Owen), Moss. Subs not used: Haworth, Smith. Man of the Match: Jace Broome.