Buxton suffer home setback as Boots march to hard-earned win

Hockey - East Midlands Premier Mansfield v Buxton.
Hockey - East Midlands Premier Mansfield v Buxton.

Buxton’s first team fell to a disappointing 6-3 reverse at home to Boots.

The hosts’ winning run came to an end after a poor first-half performance from which they could not recover.

The home side were disorganised and sluggish in a poor first period in which Boots dominated and punished Buxton with five unanswered goals.

The scoreline could have been much worse were it not for a couple of good saves from Robins between the sticks.

Orritt, Talbot and Sherlock scored in the second half to bring the Bucks within two goals, but Boots notched a sixth goal to end the contest.

Squad: D Robins (GK), D Bedworth, P Jones, W Mather (C), S Lomas, S Rowlands, M Thompson, J E Wilton, W Orritt, M Curzon, J Meaton, H Sherlock, S Meaton, J Sewell, J Talbot.

• Buxton thirds eased to a 3-0 win away at Bowdon sevenths in their latest friendly.

Bowdon’s main tactic was to send hard hits in to Buxton’s area and look for deflections, but the visitors remained strong in defence.

In the 11th minute, Buxton won a short corner and the ball was recycled and expertly finished with a fine individual strike from Terry Lowton.

With seconds left in the first half, another fine run and cross by Saunders was expertly finished by Forshaw to double the advantage before the break.

Lowton added his second and the Bucks’ third in the second half to round off a good performance from the visitors.

• Buxton fourths sealed a 4-2 win at Lichfield Badgers A.

A hat-trick from Joe Grindey and a strike from B Cusco sealed the impressive victory.

• Buxton fifths went down to a 6-2 loss at North Staffs Badgers.

Jack Bentley found the net twice for Buxton, but they couldn’t prevent a heavy defeat.

• Last Sunday Buxton entered two under-11 teams in the NoDe eight-a-side Tournament at Leek, comprising of 17 boys and girls.

The ‘A’ team were undefeated, while the ‘B’ team came up against some strong sides.