Brent's good day at the office
A hat-trick from Craig Buchanan gave Brimington Utd a two-goal advantage over Brampton Oaks, but they were unable to hold and had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Buchanan tucked away a penalty ten minutes from time to complete his trio of goals but a late push from Brampton saw the match finish 3-3 in Division Three of the Chesterfield & District Sunday League.
They left it late, though, with two goals coming in the final three minutes of the action. The equaliser, in particular, was an exquisite 25-yard free-kick from David Brent who had a good day at the office with this effort completing his brace.
The first half was a competitive affair with both sides evenly matched but it was Brampton who took the lead after nine minutes when Brent slotted coolly past the out coming Brimington keeper Dan Squires. Brimington picked up a deserved equaliser shortly afterwards when Buchanan fired home from a wide angle into the Oak Sports goal.
The second period proved a cracker with both sides going all out for the win it was Matt Fletcher in the home goal who saved well on two separate occasions from Jordan Renshaw before a lovely ball from Paul Roe set up Lee Bingham for Brampton but his header was swept away from in front of the Brimington goal.
With 20 minutes to go the breakthrough came when Buchanan got his second from a tight angle squeezing the ball home to give the visitors the lead. United looked on top and Chris Marshall saw his snap shot well saved by Fletcher before Buchanan secured his and Brimington’s third, after Kieran Patilla was impeded in the penalty box, firing past Fletcher who got a hand to the penalty.
The early warning of a comeback came when Oaks hit the post and with one minute remaining the deficit was reduced to a single goal when Brent was tripped in the penalty box Roe slotted home the spot kick.
The rescue act was completed in the first minute of stoppage time when Brent lined up a free kick 25 yards out slightly to the left hand side of the goal the referee blew his whistle and a few seconds later the ball nestled in the Brimington goal to secure a point for Brampton Oak Sports.
Within seconds of the re start the referees whistle signalled the end of the game and Oak Sports had left it late with Brimington disappointed to have relinquished the lead so late on but overall a draw was a fair outcome.
Josh Griffiths hit a fine hat trick as Hepthorne Lane won 4-2 at Newbold in Division One. Luke Biden added the fourth for Lane who move up to fourth place in the table as a result.
In Division Two, top of the table Britannia Rose travelled to Private Drive to take on second-placed Hollingwood Athletic and won 3-2.
As a result of Hollingwood’s demise Renishaw Rangers moved above them courtesy of a 5-1 win at Crown Killamarsh.
Elsewhere, Dronfield Victoria beat Renishaw MW 3-2