Juniors end their season in style

BUXTON Hockey Club Under-13s were due to host a tournament on Sunday but the inclement weather put off two of the teams, leaving just Derwent and Buxton to play some great hockey despite the conditions.

Playing a seven-a-side game first, Buxton came out on top with Josh Ingleby and Charlie Hyland having a number of chances saved by the Derwent keeper before Shane Wilkinson smashed the ball into the goal, breaking his stick in the process.

Moving to an 11-a-side game, Buxton demonstrated how much they had improved this year, moving the ball around and using the space of the bigger pitch.

There were several attempts on goal, before Joe Grindey scored his first of the day, finishing a great pass from the quick-thinking Jack Bently on the right wing.

Cameron Taylor, on his debut for the under-13s, narrowly missed a difficult chance on the left post before playing a neat reverse stick pass to Grindey for his second.

In the second half, the young Bucks continued to dominate, Sam Rowland showing strength in midfield and going close with a fierce shot that was well-saved by the keeper.

With minutes to go Harry Griffin joined the attack, chasing the ball down the left wing which he controlled and passed brilliantly into the path of Grindey who coolly sidestepped the keeper, slotting the ball in the corner to complete an outstanding hat-trick.

Under-13s coach Chris Clayton said: “This game shows how much the boys have progressed this year and how lucky we are to have so much young talent in the town.

“There have been some very tough games and the boys have continued to be positive and work on improving. This has been a great way to conclude our first season with this group.”

Buxton: M Wilkinson, J Chetwood, M Watson, D Clayton, A Todd, J Stanway, C Hyland, S Wilkinson, H Griffin, J Grindey, S Rowland, J Watson, J Bentley, J Ingleby, G Bradbury,