Buxton 3-0 Barwell - match report

Buxton FC v Barwell,
Buxton FC v Barwell,

Buxton recorded their biggest win of the season after a convincing victory over Barwell at the Silverlands last weekend.

Goals from Craig King, Lee Morris and Matt Thornhill ensured a comfortable afternoon’s work for the Bucks, as they scored more than two goals for only the third time in the league this season.

Buxton FC v Barwell,

Buxton FC v Barwell,

In the build-up to the clash, manager Martin McIntosh had called upon his team to find a ruthless edge to their finishing, after witnessing his side concede a series of late, costly goals in recent weeks.

From the first whistle, the hosts looked up for the match as they looked to make amends for the previous week at Stafford, when they were denied victory in stoppage time.

Strong tackles were put in by Spencer Harris and Ash Palmer, with the latter gaining a booking for his over-enthusiasm early on.

Despite the tempo being high, the hosts had been reduced to half-chances in the first 20 minutes, with Grant Black and Thornhill both seeing opportunities go begging.

However, on 24 minutes the breakthrough arrived. Good work by top-scorer Morris saw him flash the ball across the Barwell area where Craig King was waiting to pounce with a half-volley that flew beyond the visitor’s Neil Collett.

Moments later the lead was doubled when the impressive Thornhill was hauled down in the box and up stepped Morris to bag his 12th strike of a prolific campaign.

Barwell then showed a glimpse of their capabilities with a speculative long-range effort having to be tipped over by Andy Warrington just before half-time.

The veteran goalkeeper was then called upon once again minutes after the restart when Barwell were awarded a penalty after a foul in the area by Derek Niven.

From the spot-kick Luke Barlone’s effort was brilliantly pushed away by Warrington and from that moment on the hosts never looked like relinquishing their lead.

Mark Reed was then introduced from the substitutes bench and he played his part as Buxton produced some scintillating football which ultimately led to the third, killer goal.

Thornhill and Morris then combined brilliantly before the former Forest man tapped into the empty net as Buxton strolled to a hugely impressive victory.

Bucks: Warrington, Black, Palmer (Reed 66), Ryan, Green, Niven, Thornhill, Harris, Morris, Stevens, King (Logan 79).