ENER-G Hockey League: Atherstone Adders 1st XI 2, Buxton 1st XI 4
DESPITE missing three first-team regulars, Buxton won this tricky away game against Atherstone on Sunday.
The visitors dominated the game from the start, having three or four shots on target within the first ten minutes. It wasn’t long before the ever-present Orritt opened the scoring with a well-timed pass from Lowton.
Atherstone were playing a counter-attacking game and the defence of Lomas, Mather, Jones and Bedworth had to be on their toes, while debut keeper Rowland made some cracking stops.
Buxton were making good use of wingers Pathe, Saunders and Griffin, and they won a long corner; Pathe and Wilton worked the ball to Browett, who hit the ball, only for the keeper to save, but fortunately Saunders was there to get a classic mc goal from point-blank range.
Wanting to build on their 2-0 half-time lead, Orritt set up Lowton to flick the ball for an unstoppable shot into the top-right corner.
However, with Buxton getting over-confident and pushing up, they were hit on the break again with the Adders outnumbering the defence. Rowland made a good save, only for the ball to fall to their striker to score.
This shook Buxton into action and they attacked with pace, Wilton hitting the ball towards the far post for Saunders to finish in style.
With Jones picking up an injury, Buxton let slip the Adders right winger who shot into the top of the net.
Buxton played well and deserved their win, and they travel to Derby next week for another unpredictable game.
Buxton: S Rowland, D Bedworth, S Lomas (vc), W Mather (c), P Jones, T Griffin, D Pathe, D Lowton, J Wilton, L Saunders, W Orritt, P Browett.
Results: Saturday: Atherstone Adders 3, Derby Asterdale 0; Buxton P, Daventry P; Market Harborough 2, Ashby 1; Rolls Royce 3, Kettering 2. Sunday: Atherstone Adders 2, Buxton 4.
Fixtures: Saturday February 4: Derby Asterdale 1sts v Buxton 1sts (leaving at 10am; Buxton 2nds v Rolls Royce 2nds (2pm start). Sunday February 5: Buxton 1sts v Daventry 1sts (1pm start, match to be confirmed).
Astro training: every Tuesday, 7pm.
Junior hockey: Friday: U11s’ (boys and girls) after-school club on the astro. Sunday: U14s training, 10am.