Hockey: Leicester students handed lesson in finishing

Buxton Hockey v Leicester University

Buxton Hockey v Leicester University

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Buxton achieved their maiden league victory of the season at the expense of Leicester University last Saturday, with a 3-1 win.

There was a new-look Buxton defence as Mather sustained an injury in the warm-up forcing Ainscow to switch to centre back, with Curzon dropping to full-back.

Despite the changes, the first half was dominated by the home side with the majority of the play in the opponents’ half.

The Bucks midfield quartet of Saunders, Wilton, Lowton and Pathe carved out a host of chances in the early stages.

The first goal came from the ever dependable Browett, who outpaced the Leicester defence before rounding the keeper to slot home.

The lead was quickly doubled as a Rowlands cross found Orritt to tap in and record his first league goal of the season.

Leicester then tried to force a goal of their own but a rare venture forward into Buxton territory saw them exposed at the back and a lightning quick Buxton counter saw Orritt feeding Browett in the “D” who made no mistake as he made it 3-0.

The game was effectively over by half-time but Leicester came out in the second half with confidence and started to put Buxton under pressure.

P Jones, back from injury, came on to shore up the defence for the hosts but Ainscow and Lomas put in terrific shifts in central defence trying to protect Balderstone in the home goal.

Talbot was brought on up front and was cynically brought down in the “D” to give Wilton a chance to make the game safe from the spot. However, he fluffed his lines as he scuffed his shot wide.

Leicester were still banging at the door and Balderstone made a fine couple of saves but from a short corner A Nixon scored to set up a tense finish.

Buxton managed to hang on however, and were relieved to hear the referee blow for full-time.

Squad: D Balderstone (GK), S Rowlands, S Lomas, P Ainscow, M Curzon, D Pathe, D Lowton, J E Wilton, L Saunders, P Browett, W Orritt, P Jones, J Talbot.