PSF Match Report:
Jack O’Dare Cup
MTFCR 4 Buxton 3
On a beautiful Tuesday Night, four days before the start of the challenging season ahead the young Matlock Town Reserves side took on Buxton FC in the Jack O’Dare Cup. One minute scilence took place in memory of Jack O’Dare before the start of this keenly contested derby with Manager Mick Bulheller making one change brining in Bradshaw for Griffiths on the right side of midfield.
This was the 7th Pre season game in readiness for the new league campaign and the home side were looking to keep the impressive unbeaten run going. Siddall was straight into his stride and had a chance on 5 minutes that just sailed over the bar before a great block from the Buxton Left Back denied Siddall from scoring on 15 mins.
Buxton on 18 mins hit back with a shot that just went wide before Edge came close on 20 mins after a good penetrating run. Boden went close on 22 minutes from a header after a Siddall corner, but on 24 Minutes the deadlock was finally broke following some good work from Wilkinson putting in Alex Bradshaw through to open the score for the home team and score his second of the pre season campaign.
Buxton came back strong and had a good effort that just sailed wide on 28 minutes which was a warning sign for the Equalising goal that arrived on 30 mins with a cross from the left hand side headed home by the Buxton number 9.
Beddoe started to find the right areas and set up chances for Hewitt and Walden on 32 and 38 mins with a long range shot from Buxton well saved by Dewberry in between.
Just before half time Buxton had a great chance to go into the lead when they were clean through on goal and Dewberry made a great one on one save to keep the score 1-1 going into half time.
Beddoe came close with a good spin and shoot on the turn on 45 and once again came came close straight after the break on 46 that was well saved by the Buxton keeper.
Buxton saw a long range effort just go wide on 50 mins before Beddoe becoming more influential within his good pre season form coming close on two occasions on 54 and 58.
Walden had a good chance after getting through on the right, but his effort was well blocked by the Buxton defence. Before Jenkins had a shot sail over the bar from a good postion on 60 after being put through by a classy ball from Academy player Lewis Brown.
But the home teams pressure paid off on 68 mins following Ollie Walden working space on the right hand side for the ball to fall into the path of Jenkins who’s effort hit the post and the ball fell nicely for Ollie Walden to hit home his 2nd goal of the Pre season and put the Home side into the lead.
The home side were in control and Buxton were pushing for an equaliser and had a good effort well saved by incoming Keeper Bulheller on 78 mins.
Siddall was back in action on 80 mins and produced some really quality with a penetrating run down the left, cutting back onto his right foot before having a good strike slightly deflected by the on rushing defender sail into the roof of the net to make it 3-1 to the Gladiators and become joint top scorer for the pre season on 5 goals with another quality pre season performer Beddoe.
Buxton were pushing forward and on 82 mins got back into the game with a shot that squeezed its way into the net following some soft defending from the home side.
While a grand stand finish was set up on 85 mins when the Buxton midfielder found space just outside the box and found his long range effort sail into the top right hand corner to make it 3-3 with five minutes to play.
With penalties luming the Home side pushed forward In search of the winner and it came on 89 mins in style with last years top scorer Dave Edge turning a defender in the box before fireing home the winner and his 3rd goal of the pre season.
Some good performances from the battling Cooper, Captin Laister and the continues improvement of the influencal Siddall, Beddoe and Edge all hold us in good stead going into Saturday’s first game of the season.
At the end of the Match the Jack O’Dare Cup was presented by Assistant Development Manager Justin Tellus to Captin Tom Laister to round off an unbeaten and successful pre season with 6 wins and 1 draw.
A big well done to our Manager Mick Bulheller and his coaching staff of Martin Kelly, Nigel Rogers and Andy Baker on a great pre season leading us into the first game of the season at home to Selston FC.
Saturday 8th August 2015
Kick Off 3pm
League v Selston FC
Come and Support our Young Gladitors in their Debut in the Central Midlands League at Step 7 of Non League Football !