Unbeaten start to season continues

Buxton first XV v Rolls Royce (white)
Buxton first XV v Rolls Royce (white)
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ENER-G Hockey League: Buxton 1st XI 1, Rolls Royce 1st XI 1

THE FIRST home fixture of the season provided plenty of thrills as Buxton dug in for a well-deserved point.

The hosts started the better of the two teams, spending a lot of time in the opposition’s half.

Wilton and Pathe bossed the play and wingers J Meaton and Saunders caused havoc on the flanks.

The opener came midway through the half, Meaton and Browett exchanging passes before crossing for Orritt to flick home.

Rolls Royce responded and showed what a top team they are by slowly getting a grip on the match.

Their attacking trio started to overrun Buxton’s midfield and the majority of the play, as the half wore on, took place in Buxton’s half.

The equaliser came just before half-time. Buxton’s defence of Mather, Jones and Lomas were having a fantastic game, limiting Rolls Royce to few chances, but a mistake by Bedworth resulted in a short corner which was superbly dispatched.

The second half was a keenly-contested affair. Buxton may have just edged it on chances created but Rolls Royce were always a threat.

S Theyer had to pull off a tremendous save following a calamitous piece of defending from Bedworth.

Assistant coach D Lowton threw T Griffin on as extra midfielder to shore things up as both teams were prepared to settle for a draw.

Buxton’s four points in two games represents a decent start to the season, their best since 2006.