Buxton 1st XV 19, Southport 10
BUXTON 1st XV recorded their first win of the season on Saturday at home to Southport.
The away side opened the scoring after ten minutes with an unconverted try through the middle, but Buxton responded immediately with some aggressive tackling to put Southport on the back foot.
A string of penalties saw Buxton gain field position deep in the visitor’s half, before a well-worked lineout close to the visitor’s line resulted in Paul Storer crashing over from a catch and drive. The conversion from Mellor sailed wide to leave the scores level at 5-5.
Buxton then lost Chris Theyer to a rather harsh yellow card and Southport scored out wide to take a 10-5 lead.
The hosts maintained their aggressive stance around the contact area, resulting in Southport conceding further ground and ultimately a scrum on the five-yard line, from which Buxton’s number eight Ian Scott bulldozed his way over to make it 12-10 at the break.
Buxton’s ranks were left somewhat depleted by the departure of captain Ryan McCoy and forward Mike Pullen with head injuries.
The Southport fly half repeatedly looked to gain field position using the wind, only to be rebuffed time after time by some excellent defence and clearance kicking from the Buxton half-backs.
Buxton’s pack was now generating repeat phases of play, working their way up the pitch to the opposition’s ten-metre line, where wing forward Theyer pounced on a loose ball in contact and shrugged off tackles in abundance as he touched down under the posts from 40 yards.
Mellor converted to make the final score 19-10 to the home side. With a win under their belt, Buxton now travel to bottom of the table Marple on Saturday (3pm start) looking to build on their recent success.