Adders sting is drawn

EHB Mens Vase 2012

Buxton 5-0 Atherstone Adders

Buxton moved up to joint top in the league and maintained their unbeaten start to the season after a solid home victory last Saturday. Despite the score line, Adders were tough opposition who dominated possession for long periods but ultimately were unable to unlock the Bucks’ strong defence.

The opening exchanges took place at a slow tempo as both teams tried to size each other up. Chances were few and far between. The Adders’ star striker, M Chiu, looked dangerous and displayed some excellent stick skills but was well shackled by both S Lomas and W Mather.

As time was running out in the first period, Buxton managed to break the deadlock. J Meaton cut in from the wing and sent a low cross into the “D” which was tapped in at the far post by L Saunders. Buxton, having taken the lead, were sent down to ten men as J Wilton was controversially yellow carded for continuous poor tackling.

Adders could not make use of their numerical advantage as Buxton maintained the lead in Wilton’s absence, Orritt having to drop back into midfield to assist D Pathe in breaking up play.

When Wilton returned in the second half, Buxton looked a lot livelier and quickly bagged two more goals. P Jones, the provider for them both with some surging powerful runs down the left flank, crossing in for both Orritt and J Meaton to score.

Adders’ heads went down and Curzon should have added a fourth after some eye watering skill from Bedworth picked him out at the far post only for him to miss from close range.

The fans didn’t have long to wait for the next goal, however, as good movement from Browett provided some space for L Fearn to skin his marker for Lowton to coolly finish.

Orritt put the gloss on a fine team performance by notching his second from close range after a superb 30 yard back stick pass from Bedworth.

Man Of Match: P Jones. Team: S Thyer (GK), P Jones, S Lomas, W Mather (C), D Bedworth, L Saunders, D Pathe, J E Wilton, J Meaton, P Browett, W Orritt, T Lowton, L Fearn, M Curzon.