Hockey: Buxton put in five-star showing

Hockey, Buxton 1sts v Berkswell & Balsall (white)
Hockey, Buxton 1sts v Berkswell & Balsall (white)

Buxton’s first team romped to a convincing 5-0 victory over Berkswell & Balsall Common, with four strikes coming in the first half.

The home side scored with their first attack as Curzon bundled in from close range after the Berkswell defenders failed to clear their lines.

Hockey, Buxton 1sts v Berkswell & Balsall (white), Buxton goal

Hockey, Buxton 1sts v Berkswell & Balsall (white), Buxton goal

Wilton then made it two from a short corner before Sherlock finished off a free-flowing move to make it 3-0. M

eaton then made it on to the scoresheet minutes before half-time, putting the finishing touch on another well-crafted goal.

The away side put up more of a fight in the second half but rarely threatened Robins in goal.

Meaton got his second of the match, steaming in at the far-post to make it five and complete the rout.

Hockey, Buxton 1sts v Berkswell & Balsall (white), buxton goal

Hockey, Buxton 1sts v Berkswell & Balsall (white), buxton goal

Squad: D Robins (GK), P Jones, W Mather (C), P Ainscow, M Thompson, J Uprichard, J E Wilton, W Orritt, M Curzon, H Sherlock, S Meaton, W Hebditch, S Rowlands, J Talbot, J Grindey, L Forshaw-Perring.

• Buxton seconds drew 2-2 with Sikh Union (Coventry).

Buxton managed to salvage a deserved draw in the last few minutes of a match which was spoilt by poor umpiring and full of incidents, including a bad injury to defender Alex Brown.

Sikh Union were significantly stronger than when they were easily beaten at Buxton the previous week, and they scored the first goal from a penalty stroke following a Buxton player illegally stopping a flick at a short corner with his body.

However, the Bucks replied with a good run down the right wing by Wilkinson, who crossed to Sewell, who then found Longden in the circle to score from close-range.

Nearly every 50-50 decision went against Buxton and the home side went into the lead, following a lapse by Buxton’s defence.

Danson was yellow-carded for appealing and then Longden missed a ’sitter’ with an open goal at his mercy from five yards.

However, Buxton drew level following a left-wing cross from Edmans which Browett coolly dispatched from close to goal.

In the last minute of play, defender Brown suffered a bad cut to the forehead from one of the opposition forward’s stick but after emergency treatment of nine stitches at a Coventry hospital, he has recovered well.

• Buxton’s fourths thrashed Cannock Badgers 8-0 in a friendly.

Louis Forshaw-Perring hit a hat-trick, Josh Short and Joe Uprichard both grabbed braces and Dan Clayton also found the net as the fourths ran riot.