Relegated Buxton make losing start

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Having being relegated last season, Buxton Hockey Club men’s first team started life in the lower echelons of the Midlands Hockey League with a disappointing 4-2 loss to Mansfield at home.

The game started well for Buxton after a free-flowing move down the left hand side the ball was passed to Jamie Wilton on the top of the D.

He moved the ball to the right and shot and luckily the keeper missed it at his near post and Buxton were 1-0 up.

Soon after Mansfield equalised, catching Buxton by surprise.

Spurred on, Buxton went on another attack which culminated in a short corner, captain Pierre Ainscow stepping up to place it perfectly in the bottom corner.

Then came the worst moment and the turning point of the match for Buxton when Tom Biddle tried to pass to James Whibberley-Cross at the back and it was intercepted by a Mansfield attacker, leaving two attackers on the helpless keeper Dan Robins, making it 2-2 at half-time.

The second half went all wrong with Buxton failing to execute the game play as directed by the coach and conceding two more goals.

However, they will take positives from this game as last year an average of 5.5 goals were scored against them per game, so this scoreline is an improvement already.

Buxton HC men’s seconds were beaten 4-0 at a wet Atherstone while Buxton men’s fourth team saw off Derby fifths 3-0 in their first game of the season.