Buxton RUFC overcome tough Worksop challenge

Worksop RUFC V Buxton RUFC at Worksop. Worksop In Black & White. Buxton in Red & Blue kit.
Worksop RUFC V Buxton RUFC at Worksop. Worksop In Black & White. Buxton in Red & Blue kit.

Buxton survived a bruising league encounter away at Worksop, as they ran out 32-17 winners.

There were plenty of positives for the visitors after this victory that sees them rise to sixth in Midlands 4 East (North).

Buxton, hopefully now over the injury curse that plagued them in the early days of the season, travelled with a squad sporting just one change from last week’s convincing win over Bingham.

The first 15 minutes was one-way traffic with Buxton dictating the proceedings with only the last pass or poor final decisions letting them down.

An early penalty by Ryan Sircar was all the Bucks had to show for their efforts, despite dominating possession.

They soon settled down and this allowed prop Simeon Meek to score under the posts for the second successive week.

Sircar converted to give the visitors a 10-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Worksop were the next to score after a series of cheap penalties gave them an attacking scrum 10 metres out, which they duly converted with a pushover scrum from their huge forward pack to reduce the score to 10-7.

Further errors by Buxton allowed Worksop a slight foothold in the game, with attacking opportunities squandered time after time when pressing for a score.

Full-back Armstrong then managed to score after a break from Ollie Newbourne on the wing to make it 17-7 to the Bucks at the interval.

The second half began with Buxton making a series of infringements, which allowed Worksop to work their way downfield and pull the scores back to within three points.

Buxton then made a couple of personnel changes shortly after, with Matt Lomas entering the fray in place of Sircar.

Lomas made an immediate impact with a blistering run down the wing for a score in the corner, 22-14.

With a bit of breathing space Buxton seemed to relax and started to play some rugby again.

Some slack Worksop kicking resulted in the try of the match shortly after, when fly-half Holland combined with Armstrong to set up Newbourne after a length-of-the-field dash.

Trailing 27-14, Worksop were now limited to bagging long-range penalties and they converted one to come within ten points deficit.

However, Buxton extended the gap furthermore when Ben Austin pounced on a poor kick to run in the day’s final try.

Buxton saw Ben Rosemond limp off with an ankle knock late on, but they managed to see out the win as they sealed a fourth success in seven outings.

Skipper Ian Scott was full of praise for his side’s performance and says that any away win is hard-earned.

He said: “I know that wasn’t the greatest game that we have ever played, but I thoroughly enjoyed the physical encounter and the hard work that we had to put in to secure the win.

“Winning away at these places is always tough.”