N C East Prem Div
Sat 15 October 2005
1 BUXTON FC 2
GLASSHOUGHTON GAVE A GOOD ACCOUNT AGAINST VISITORS WHO CAME UNDEFEATED
FROM SIX OUTINGS AND WHO ARE LAYING EARLY CLAIMS FOR PROMOTION.
In the early stages Welfare showed scant regard for the visitors lofty
position and went in to a deserved early lead after debutant Martin Adinall and Andy Seed had linked to put Danny King on
goal to score at the second attempt.
Buxton’s mark Reed hit a fierce drive over to serve as a warning
what the visitors could be capable of but after the quarter mark Welfare had an opportunity to increase the lead, Stephen
Downes being blocked out at the last moment. Buxton again looked dangerous and
went close when live wire striker Stewart Copnell scraped the crossbar with a
dipping drive. Buxton looked to have levelled when a Reed header had the packed
crowd already applauding the score until Welfare keeper Tom Morgan pulled off an unbelievable late save. The visitors continued to pile forward and Welfare were fortunate to escape when a Jordan Hall cross went
across the goal mouth with no takers and the home men went to the interval hanging on to the slender lead after having survived
a penalty appeal.
From the restart Buxton came out with all guns blazing and the home
defence became sorely tried as the visitors went repeatedly close and it was no surprise when the equaliser came, Copnell
going clear to hit home a fierce drive that Morgan could only partially stop on 53 minutes of play.
Buxton were not to be denied now and in between striking the crossbar
and the upright Copnell, albeit from a possible offside position, put the visitors in to the lead, despite Morgan again almost
making the save.
In a late Welfare reply Downes released King but visiting keeper Scott
Hartley was out quickly to deny and although Welfare almost opened up the visiting defence in the closing moments, Buxton’s
all round strength allowed them to claim full points and remain undefeated.
Team: Tom Morgan, Gareth
Liversedge, Adam Sadler, Paul Mattison, Richard Stack, Paul Arkle,
(Darren Leech), Andy Seed, Mark Adinall, Paul Arkle, Danny King, Jamie Thompson, Stephen
Downes, Shaun Constable