Hard-working seconds return to league summit

University of Salford Division 5 South: Buxton 2nd XV 19, Didsbury Toc H 4th XV 3

BUXTON Seconds returned to the top of the league with a workmanlike performance.

Prior to Saturday’s match, a minutes silence was observed for Mr Davies as a sign of respect.

Didsbury put the first points on the board, kicking a penalty after a rucking infringement in front of the posts. Buxton responded when quick-thinking W Batterbee at scrum half popped the ball to Jervis, who made the required half break before a sweet off-load gave Scott the chance he had been looking for. Three defenders later, he was over the try line to score on his return. Hodgkinson added the extras.

B Kirten was majestic in the line, not only winning 100 per cent of his own ball, but a good chunk on the opposition’s ball to. This provided a good platform from which to start an attack. With Toc H disorganised, prop Beswick crashed over the line, only before unselfishly slipping the ball to Burton, giving him the honour of the score.

When Didsbury attacked, M Llewellyn always seemed to be under the high ball. He was keen to attack, running the ball back at every chance he got, always to good effect.

Replacement Shuttleworth, on for Scott, made an immediate impact. The backline was in fine form with Lee, T Edge, P Spence and Austin Jnr all having plenty of ball time. Tries did go begging however, as the final pass just seemed to elude the player in space. Hodgkinson, Batterbee and Austin nearly conspired to score in the corner, but some good defence held them up just short.

After the break, a rejuvenated Didsbury enjoyed some good periods of possession, but Buxton held firm. D Corthorn was inspirational leading from the front, earning him the man of the match award.

Conlin and Scrimshaw brought something extra to the scrummage as well as in broken play. A Morris got stuck in, despite losing some of his ear. I Sanderson looked menacing in attack, and with Ritchie now at No9 more points looked inevitable.

A swift move involving all the back division gave S McKenna the chance to show his pace as he outsprinted three defenders to score a great try. A Parks and J Pollitt had some great phases of play, with the latter causing Toc H headaches all over the pitch.

Buxton: Davies, Beswick, Austin Snr, B Kirten, R Burton, T S Jervis, I Scott, D Corthorn, W Batterbee, Hodgkinson, T Edge, Lee, P Spence, Austin Jnr, Mike. Replacements: Conlin, Scrimshaw, Shuttleworth, Morris, McKenna, Parks, Sanderson, Ritchie.