REPORT: Buxton 0-4 Blyth Spartans

Niall Doran (right) takes on a Blyth defender.
Niall Doran (right) takes on a Blyth defender.

Second-placed Blyth recorded a commanding victory on Saturday in Buxton’s first Saturday home fixture for six weeks.

In the third match of the season these teams had been separated only by a 91st-minute Blyth winner but the return fixture was dominated,apart from the opening quarter-hour in each half,by a powerful yet fluent Spartans side.

The Bucks, pushing down the slope,made a promising enough start but it was the visitors who had the encouragement of a 14th-minute goal.

The ball was laid back to striker Dan Maguire whose 20-yard shot was deflected beyond home ‘keeper Phil Barnes.

Oozing confidence,Spartans showed their quality in playing out from the back then passing accurately to construct attacks,but it was a ball-winning tackle in midfield that set up Maguire’s second goal on the half-hour.

He was given possession then slid the ball past the unprotected Barnes.

By contrast, Buxton struggled to piece together an attacking threat but just prior to the interval Bradley Barraclough fired an aerial cross from the right that narrowly cleared Alastair Taylor at the far post.

The Bucks started the second period very brightly, forcing several corners and a free-kick and visiting ‘keeper Otte had to make a fine double save in the 51st minute to prevent a home reply.

However, Blyth’s forward menace continued and immediately afterwards Barnes had to produce an equally superb save to deny Richardson.

But a double salvo of goals just before the hour ensured that full points headed north.

After attacking down the left the ball reached midfielder Mullen in the centre and from 25 yards he speared a drive into the top right corner of the net.

Two minutes late, also from outside the penalty area, Maguire, who was regarded sufficiently highly to earn a short-lived summer transfer to FC Halifax Town, netted the fourth courtesy of another deflection.

Late in the game he missed a closer-range opportunity by blazing wide, while the nearest Buxton came to a consolation goal were shots over the bar by Jamie Green and Barraclough.

For Buxton supporters the only notable feature of a disappointing afternoon was the sight of three brothers,the Bembo-Letas,on the field at the same time in home colours-unique in the club’s post-war history.

Buxton: Barnes; Buckley, J Bembo-Leta (J), Young, Green; Taylor (Burbeary82), Ravenhill (F Bembo-Leta 82), Burrell, Doran; Wiles (D Bembo-Leta 55); Barraclough.