Hockey: Buxton record two wins in space of 24 hours

Buxton Hockey v Market Harborough (white)
Buxton Hockey v Market Harborough (white)
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Buxton’s first team romped to a comprehensive 4-0 win over Market Harborough on Saturday.

Harry Sherlock scored a brace, with further goals from Will Hebditch and Jonathan Sewell completing the scoring.

Sherlock then continued his rich vein of scoring form the following day when he notched a hat-trick in the 5-1 cup win over Mansfield.

Buxton will be hoping to continue their impressive run of results when they travel to Ramgarhia this coming Saturday.

• Buxton seconds went down to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at their Mansfield counterparts.

Though the home side were a strong team, the Bucks defended well and had their share of attacks.

However, they became frustrated when penalised for offences they had not committed.

Among these incidents were three short corners awarded to Mansfield, from which they scored all three goals.

In the second half, Buxton stepped up a gear and came close to scoring several times, but it wasn’t to be.

• Buxton thirds overcame Triton fourths 2-0, away from home.

Joe Grindey and James Cross were the goalscorers.

• Buxton fourths went down to a 5-2 loss at home to Beeston Badgers.

The fourths faced their most difficult match of the season against an experienced Beeston outfit who fielded two adults in their defence throughout the game.

A shaky start saw the young Bucks concede two early goals to a well-drilled Beeston XI before they began to compete.

However, it was only after going three behind that Buxton began to play the kind of expansive hockey which they are capable of.

A swift counter-attack saw Joe Uprichard slip the ball to Charlie Hyland who slotted it expertly past the Beeston ‘keeper.

Unfortunately, Buxton conceded shortly after the restart.

Undaunted, they attacked in numbers, putting Beeston under pressure and Dan Clayton held off defenders before releasing to Joe Uprichard who dispatched the ball under the ‘keeper to make it 4-2 at the break.

The second half saw Beeston score again early on leaving Buxton with a mountain to climb.

They responded in some style playing free flowing hockey and creating many chances which they were unable to convert.

• Buxton fifths went down to a 5-1 loss at Lichfield Badgers B.

The young and committed Buxton fifth XI went into the interval at 0-0, with what turned out to be a player-of-the-match performance by goalkeeper Sarah Catlin, keeping the marauding home side at bay.

It was a different story in the second half, when Lichfield’s talented side stepped up a gear.

Despite inspired performances at the back by Emily Bradbury, Kai Gilbride and Harry Hobday, Buxton couldn’t hold off the hosts.

To their credit, Buxtons players enthused as to how much they had enjoyed the game, and the lessons that they had learned.