Late strikes add gloss to scoreline

Premier Division

Buxton Town 1, Bakewell Town 4

BUXTON Town came into this game full of confidence as they looked to extend their unbeaten run to five games, but the home side got off to the worst possible start when they conceded in only the second minute.

Jono Hutchinson did well down the left and his dangerous cross was pushed out by Gary Hobdey, but the ball landed perfectly for Rich Emmingham who headed straight back over the stranded keeper into the net.

Hutchinson proved a real handful as Town struggled to play neat football on a heavy surface. Bakewell youngster Jack Boam was also causing all sorts of problems down the Town right with his trickery.

Buxton struggled to get going in the first half-hour up the slope and it was Bakewell who doubled their lead when full-back Nick Twyford picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and unleashed an unstoppable shot that gave Hobdey no chance.

Jamie Beagley was excellent at the back as Bakewell continued to ask questions, while Matt Stanway worked hard in midfield.

Craig Owen and Mark Harris both created half chances for Buxton but they never really tested stand-in keeper Nick Rosling, although Town had a penalty shout when Rosling appeared to bundle over Mike Makoni.

Town put Bakewell under pressure in the second half but the visitors’ back-four of Crapper, Rach, Shaw and Twyford was outstanding and limited the home side to long-range efforts.

Rosling comfortably dealt with shots from Stanway, Harris and Makoni, but was finally beaten in the 68th minute when Beagley’s shot took a deflection to wrong-foot the keeper.

Hobdey made a great save to deny Emmingham, while at the other end Owen went down in the box under a challenge from Pete Marsden but again penalty claims were waved away. Then a goalmouth scramble saw James Wilding’s effort blocked, while Sam Shaw and Ben Rach both won important headers for Bakewell.

Bakewell extended their lead in the 87th minute as Boam played a neat pass into Twyford who provided a superb finish.

And the visitors made it 4-1 two minutes later when Hutchinson made a great run and was picked out by Pat Mosley. Hutchinson rounded Hobdey and, from a tight angle, slotted past Beagley and Lee Smith on the goal-line.

Buxton: Hobdey, Smith, Beagley, Wilding, Berry, Taylor, Bagguley (Donelly), Stanway, Owen (Cartledge), Harris, Makoni. Man of the Match: Jamie Beagley.