Buxton 1-1 Matlock Town (Match Abandoned at Half Time)
The lights went out with a bang at the Silverlands to end this Boxing Day A6 derby early at half time.
The score was 1-1 with Matlock in the ascendancy after a slow start with Halifax referee Jane Simms ruling that she would wait twenty minutes when she reached her dressing room for the fault to be rectified.
But despite the efforts of an electrician, the lights failed to come on again, hands were shaken and the sides will have to try again later in the season.
The first hint of a problem came on 22 minutes when a number of pylons went out. There were reports of a bang being heard and smoke in the air. The main stand was immediately evacuated of all spectators.
By that point Matlock were a goal adrift.
Buxton, attacking down the slope and soon conceded a corner when Micky Harcourt had to head away a teasing cross from Matt Thornhill, directed at former Gladiator Lee Morris.
That corner was cleared, albeit with some difficulty but Buxton took the lead from their second corner on 6 minutes. This again was only partially cleared, the ball dropping to DEREK NIVEN who poked the ball goal wards, the officials decreeing it had crossed the line in spite of the best efforts of Harcourt on the line.
Buxton were well in control at this point and when Thornhill played in Neil Stevens, the midfielder screwed a low shot narrowly past Jon Kennedy’s right hand post.
It looked as if Matlock would face a long and fruitless afternoon and full back Joe Leesley was stretchered off on 19 minutes after being caught by Grant Black. James Ashmore slotted in at left back and Daryl Thomas became part of a three man forward line.
Black, forward supplementing the Bucks attack found himself in space on the right and his blistering 22 yard drive was no more than a couple of feet too high.
But then came a dramatic change as Matlock dominated the remainder of the half, and how things turned out, the truncated contest.
Shaun Tuton nodded too high after a free kick was only half cleared before he levelled the score in the 35th minute.
Superbly controlling a long pass from Oscar Radford , he took the ball forward confidently to slip a smart shot under goalkeeper Andy Warrington.
Four minutes later Matlock came close to netting again when Warrington dived brilliantly to keep out a low shot from Danny Holland, and as Matlock maintained the pressure, Tuton had the ball in the net again after a scramble and an initial fine stop from Warrington who breathed again once a foul had been awarded against him.
After a booking for Harcourt for kicking the ball away at a Bucks free kick, Matlock threatened again as the match entered four minutes of stoppage time, Thomas heading a right wing cross narrowly wide.
But it all proved to be academic in the end.
BUXTON: 1 Andy Warrington 2 Grant Black 3 Jamie Green 4 Steve Istead 5 Ash Palmer 6 Spencer Harris 7 Matt Thornhill 8 Derek Niven 9 Lee Morris 10 Neil Stevens 11 Craig King Subs: 12 Otis Khan 14 Mark Reed 15 Leon Osborne 16 Charlie Johnson 17 Ioan Evans
MATLOCK TOWN: 1 Jon Kennedy 2 Micky Harcourt 3 Joe Leesley (15 Daryl Thomas 19) 4 Martin Foster 5 David Haggerty 6 Oscar Radford 7 Liam Needham 8 James Ashmore 9 Danny Holland 10 Shaun Tuton 11 Corey Gregory Other subs: 12 Cecil Nyoni 14 Lavell White 17 Matty Leese
REFEREE: Jane Simms (Halifax) BEST GLADIATOR: Shaun Tuton