Buxton Hockey Club were beaten 4-1 against a strong Nottingham side.
Notts were two goals up early on before Paul Browett pulled one back with a powerful drive from the edge of the ‘D’bringing the score to 2-1.
Buxton never really got to grips with the conditions or the opposition and, although they created a few good chances, their opponents scored at regular intervals with the fifth goal the last action of the game.
This was a learning experience for Buxton’s younger players with James Wibberley-Cross showing his skills on the right wing and Seb Betts battling well on the left.
Buxton know they need to bring their A game to stand a chance of winning in this league. Their next fixture is at home against Boots who are currently top of the table.
Buxton III were beaten with the last touch of the game as they went down 1-0 to Ashby.
A first half, that was spent largely in the Ashby half, should have resulted in goals for Buxton, but the lack of shots kept the half time score as 0-0.
A powerful shot from Terry Lowton going just wide was the only real chance from either side before the half time whistle.
The second half was much more lively with more chances from both sides.
Both defences were tested and proved to be solid.
James Watson had a fantastic shot that forced a great save from the Ashby keeper onto the crossbar.
Josh Stanway had another chance, five minutes from the end, calling the keeper into action again.
A controversial decision in the Ashby D caused confusion, with the Buxton players staggered that the umpire did not see a clear foot.
While Buxton were distracted Ashby countered and their attacker raced up the pitch and scored with the last touch of the game.