On a wet and windy afternoon, Buxton dug deep for a hard-fought win over East Retford to reach the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Plate semi-finals.
The game started well for Buxton and within the first five minutes they had their first score, when some good work from the forwards allowed Ryan Sircar to run under the posts.
Skipper Terry Summerfield then kicked three points after East Retford were caught offside and straight from the restart Buxton scored again.
A chip over the top by Summerfield allowed leading try-scorer Ainsley Armstrong to collect and touch down, to make it 15-0.
East Retford then restarted and kicked deep and a coming together ended up with Colin Rabbits being handed his marching orders with a straight red card to reduce the hosts to 14.
The visitors then dragged scores back to 14-5 but it wasn’t long before Armstrong hit back soon after with his second score as Buxton went in leading 25-5 at half-time.
East Retford soon came out a different side after the break but solid tackling from Ben Austin and James Torrance kept the away side at bay.
It wasn’t long before they added a further try and they then made the most of Buxton being reduced to 13 men momentarily, after Ewan Davies was shown yellow, by pulling the score back to 25-17.
Buxton dug deep from then on in and played with some grit and determination as they saw the game out, with Summerfield adding a penalty late on to seal the hosts’ berth in the last four.
Buxton host Tupton this Saturday in the Derbyshire Cup.