Despite three weeks without a match, Buxton Ladies looked far from rusty when holding high-flying Staveley 2nd to a 1-1 draw in the Second Division of the Derbyshire Women’s League.
Staveley went into the match in second place after dropping only five points all season. But Buxton deserved their share of the spoils, with Annie Baldwin taking the player-of-the-match award for her goal and some whippet-like runs on the left.
The visitors started strongly, and Kirsty Dewberry, playing her first game in the centre of midfield, had to work tirelessly to keep them at bay and spread the ball to Baldwin and Rebecca Perring on the wings.
Staveley lost their captain to an injury, enabling Buxton to capitalise on their numerical advantage. Dewberry linked with Nicola Roe and when the ball was fed to Baldwin, she did not hesitate in shooting past the ‘keeper’s foot.
Refusing to rest on their laurels, the hosts also started the second half well, with Naomi Sessions combining nicely with Eleanor Shaw to create a chance for Roe, whose shot was well saved,
Steveley sent their captain back on for the last 20 minutes and, riled by the unrelenting play of Buxton, they launched a recovery. The home side’s defence stood strong, with Samantha Armitage and Sharon Sessions working hard to stifle the openings on the flanks, but a series of short corners led to a nasty hand-injury for defensive lynchpin Karen Aisncow, and Staveley scrambled a scrappy equaliser.
MEANWHILE second-half goals condemned Buxton 4th men’s team to a 3-0 defeat against Derwent 5 in the North East 2 Division of the Central League.
Buxton started well enough, showing good movement on the ball and ensuring that the opening half was very close. However, they conceded early in the second period and could not recover. Derwent’s second goal came from a short corner, and they added a third late on.
Nevertheless Buxton fought hard to the end, even though they players absent. Special mention must go to man-of-the-match Kai Gilbride and also the junior members of the squad, some of whom are playing in their first season of adult hockey. They performed well again.