North Notts trounce Buxton to progress in Hockey Association Vase

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North Notts turned on the style with a fantastic free flowing performance to trounce Buxton 11-1 in the Hockey Association Vase

With Allen Butler missing for his third consecutive game Notts may have had concern over their goalscoring, but that issue was to prove irrelevant.

In the opening exchanges it appeared that Buxton would still be a match for Notts and it took eight minutes for Notts to come close.

Anthony Clay’s powerful drag flick was saved and fell to Joshua Singleton only to see the midfielder’s strike easily saved due to its weakness.

Further pressure from Notts saw William Butler come close on 10 minutes and Nathan Smith fire over the bar.

On 20 minutes Buxton had a great chance to steal the lead when a penalty corner was flicked towards the goal beating Notts Keeper Paul Unwin only to see Fraser Jephson diligently clear the ball across the goal to safety.

This proved to be the turning point of the game as Notts went ahead two minutes later when a driven ball into the “D” found Jason Barton who deftly deflected the ball home for 1-0 on 22 minutes.

Four minutes later Notts added a second through a Matthew Cooper strike and a minute later the game was over as a contest when a powerful Anthony Clay drag flick was poached on the line by Jason Barton to leave the home side 3-0 in the lead.

Barton was finding his finish at last after his goal drought this season and again benefitted from a fantastic Rhys Jepson reverse strike that again dropped to Jason Barton, who made no mistake from one yard.

As it looked like Notts would be happy to go in with a four goal lead at half -time they went one better and added a fifth through William Butler who’s stinging strike was unstoppable for the away keeper.

Within a minute of the restart Notts were back on the goal march with William Butler deflecting in to make the score 6-0.

Then Notts had a flurry of opportunities that they wasted despite the younger less experienced players moving the ball around, the only thing deserting them was the final finish.

Buxton, who to their credit never gave up, were rewarded with a goal of quality. The forwards’ reverse strike catching the defence and midfield asleep and nestling in the roof of the goal much to the annoyance of keeper Paul Unwin.

Two minutes later Buxton were reduced to 10 men after a rash stick tackle on Josh Singleton.

However Buxton rode out the five minutes penalty and it wasn’t until the 57th minute that Notts increased their lead, when Anthony Clay won a penalty stroke from a short corner which Matthew Cooper coolly converted for 7-1.

North Notts debutant Curtis Brooks then opened his first team account with a simple well taken goal on 63 minutes.

A William Butler scrabbled goal gave Notts a ninth with five minutes to go and a carbon copy goal got Notts into double figures on 67 minutes.

Notts finished the game with another flowing move that saw James Latta slide in his much awaited first ever forst team goal on 70 minutes.