Cox at the dou­ble as Bucks con­quer Con­gle­ton

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RYAN Cox cel­e­brated be­ing named Hall­mark Se­cu­rity league Premier Divi­sion player of the month by fir­ing Boo­tle to the top of the ta­ble.

The hot-shot for­ward scored twice in the sec­ond half, tak­ing his tally to 32 for the sea­son to send his side two points clear of sec­ond place Run­corn Town.

The Bucks ar­rived at the Rich­bor­ough Es­tates Sta­dium on the back of two con­sec­u­tive wins over AFC Liver­pool and Nel­son and started the brighter of the two sides here, with Cox and Carl Peers both go­ing close to open­ing the scor­ing.

Michael Ordish’s cross from the right was headed back across the face of goal by Ste Jones for Cox, who saw his ef­fort blocked by Ross Hey­wood in the Town goal – the keeper then re­acted bril­liantly to block Peers’ fol­low-up.

Hey­wood was soon called into action again, this time deny­ing Michael Car­berry.

Fresh from his first goal for the club last week­end, the left wing­back cut in­side be­fore let­ting fly with a left­footed ef­fort which was su­perbly tipped on to the bar by the Bears keeper.

While at the other end, Boo­tle keeper Ryan Jones re­mained largely untested with the Bucks nul­li­fy­ing Town’s at­tack­ing threat.

How­ever, 12 min­utes into the sec­ond half the Bucks broke the dead­lock through, who else, but that man Cox. Ste Jones flicked Michael Ordish’s long ball into the path of Carl Peers. The mid­fielder then crossed for Cox, whose per­fectly placed header found the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

Peers then fired wide for the Bucks – be­fore Cox was de­nied a sec­ond by the lines­man’s flag af­ter he headed Peers’ free-kick into the top cor­ner of the net.

While at the other end, the hosts’ best chance of the game came when Jack Pritchard crossed for sub­sti­tute Ryan Hib­bert, but the for­ward’s header went wide of Jones’ near post.

But with seven min­utes re­main­ing, Cox got his sec­ond; seal­ing all three points.

Michael Car­berry’s cross was only half cleared as far as Peers whose low drive back across the face of the goal was turned home by Cox.

Ryan Cox (right) dur­ing his Run­corn Lin­nets days

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