THE BUXTON Hitmen’s defence of their National League title got off to a stuttering start in Wales on Bank Holiday Monday.
Against the Newport Hornets, last year’s treble winners went down 56-37 at Queensway Meadows.
Buxton are next in action on Saturday when they take a slender one point lead into the second leg of their Knockout Cup tie at Stoke Potters.
Newport 56 – Todd Kurtz 14+1, Matt Bates 9+1, Jay Herne 9+1, Richard Andrews 7+4, Tom Young 7=1, James Wight-Williams 6+1, David Gough 4.
Buxton 37 – Robert Branford 14+1, Adam Allott 9+1, Luke Priest 6+1, Dean Felton 3, Ben Taylor 2, John McPhail 2, Ryan Blacklock 1.