South Lancashire and Cheshire League
Buxton RUFC 1st XV 23
Liverpool Rangers 1st XV 10
HARD work in training paid off for Buxton as they hosted Liverpool Rangers at Sunnyfields in a vital league encounter.
Rangers relied on a kicking game, but Buxton’s back three of Holliday, DeGroot and Riley were confident under the high ball, returning the play with interest.
Buxton had a good set-piece keeping them camped in the visitors half. As the pressure grew Rangers began to give away penalties.
Stand-off Davies gave Buxton the lead with a long-range effort, but Rangers pegged the scores level with a penalty.
Campbell and Davies made several telling runs with the ever-present Passey and Bartrum hungry for possession.
It was Buxton’s pack who made the set up and pressurised Rangers’ midfield.
Another well-struck penalty by Davies put Buxton back in front.
More midfield possession proved decisive when Shuttleworth and Pullen crashed into the fray.
Number eight Hodgson scooped the ball from a scummage and set off at pace, shrugging off defenders before diving over for a textbook try, converted by Davies.
The second half was an exciting affair with both teams playing some superb running rugby.
This was complemented by some oustanding defending. S Edge led the line and was tackling anything that moved.
This forced Rangers into more errors and Davies slotted another penalty to extend the lead further.
Meir, Kirten and Chapman put in the hard graft and were the unsung heroes. Rangers then put together some nice moves of their own, scoring a well-worked try and then a penalty to take them to within striking distance.
Buxton upped the workrate. A pinpoint line-out from Jacko hit Edge who jumped like a professional.
The resulting drive from the pack gave prop Meir his moment in the spotlight. He rumbled over to score a great try, converted by Davies.
Replacement Burford spiced things up with some unorthodox running and good defence.
Buxton: Pullen, Jacko, Meir, Kirton-Darling, Chapman, Edge, Shuttleworth, Hodgson, Campbell, Davies, Riley, Passey, Bartram (c), DeGroot, Holliday. Sub: Burford.
North Hykem 1st XV 7.................
Buxton 1st XV 6...........................
WITH three games in seven days, this was a bridge too far for Buxton as they lost out by one point.
The visitors led for long periods through the boot of Waters, but the only try of the game was enough for the home side to snatch the win.
The hot conditions suited the home side, who struggled to cope with Buxton’s power and accuracy in the set piece.
Buxton had two tries chalked off for suspected forward passes.
The scores had been fashioned with some good flowing rugby.
The visitors almost snatched a win with the last penalty kick which was pushed agonisingly wide.
Good performances from Bennison, Scrimshaw, Chapman and De Groot were worthy of note.