Buxton Advertiser sport review of 2014: Part One

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We take a look back at the sporting highlights that made the Advertiser headlines in the first half of 2014.


It is announced that a new rugby league team will be formed, with Buxton Bulls confirming their intention to set up ahead of the summer season.

Buxton FC confirm that star winger Craig King turned down a move to an unnamed Conference Premier squad, but leaving the club was loyal servant Grant Black who left the Silverlands after seven seasons.

Tideswell mogul skier says she was ‘disappointed’ after missing out on selection for the Winter Olympics in Sochi.


Hope Valley freestyle skier James Machon finishes 23rd in the men’s half-pipe qualification event at the Winter Olympics.

Afterwards, he said the experience was ‘incredible’ and that he was looking forward to the next event in 2018.

Buxton Hockey Club celebrate a landmark weekend as the club fields five sides for the first time. The newly-created fifth side secure a respectable 0-0 draw against Leek in their maiden outing.

Members from Chapel-based Paul Roberts’ MMA club come away with 15 medals at the Revolution Derbyshire Championships - the first event of is kind in the county.

Chapel darts player Michael Haynes makes his TV debut at the BDO Daily Mirror World Trophy in Blackpool, but sadly loses 6-4 to Jeffrey de Graaf.


Buxton FC finally end an eight-game losing streak with a win at Blyth Spartans.

Tintwistle’s AJ Harris is promoted as head of Cricket Derbyshire Academy at Derbyshire CCC.

Darts player Lorraine Winstanley scoops the Isle of Man Open title after overcoming Sharon Prins 5-4 in the final.

Glossop North End extend their unbeaten run to 20 games as they continue to rise up the North West Counties Premier table.

New Mills finally end their winless streak, as they overcome Mossley 2-1 for a first success in four months.


Buxton suffer a blow when Liam Hardy, who hit seven goals in nine games while on loan, is recalled by parent club Harrogate Town.

The Bucks go on to finish the season in 13th place - 18 points adrift of the play-off places.

New Mills meanwhile win 8-2 against Wakefield to end their campaign on a high as they finish comfortably clear of the relegation places.

Glossop North End finish the season in third place, as well as losing the Derbyshire Senior Cup final to Ilkeston 2-0 at Alfreton’s ground.

Chapel’s unbeaten cruiserweight Jack Massey sealed a points victory over Danny Fleary in his first TV bout in Manchester.

Buxton RUFC suffer a heavy defeat, losing 41-0 to Boston in the final of the NLD Plate at Matlock RFC’s ground.


Buxton’s former County pro AJ Harris takes a remarkable ten-wicket haul in the PS Derbyshire & Cheshire League for Tintwistle against Broadbottom.

The new-look Buxton Hitmen start the 2014 campaign with a 64-30 reverse at home to Stoke.

Buxton Bulls, the new rugby league side set up earlier in the year, claim a 34-10 win over Bury Broncos in their maiden outing at Sunnyfields.

Craig King and Liam Hardy become the first players to commit to the Silverlands for the 2014-15 campaign.

250 runners enter the Buxton half marathon, with Dale Annable scooping the top prize for the second year running.


Lee Morris, Buxton’s top scorer from 2013-14, departs the Silverlands to join NCEL outfit Shaw Lane Aquaforce. Morris bagged 47 in 97 for the Bucks.

Shaun Tuton arrives from local rivals Matlock to further bolster the Bucks’ attacking options.

Maddie Thompson helps GB secure a best-ever finish at the Women’s wheelchair basketball World Championships in Canada. Hope Valley’s Thompson and her colleagues secure a fifth-placed finish at the event, which was won by the hosts.

Glossop judo star Eric Ham embarks on an 11,000-mile round trip to South America, where he competes in the Panama Continental Open.

Hayfield’s Christian Iddon experiences a mixed weekend as the World Superbike Championships debuts in Malaysia. Iddon crashed out of the first race but recovered to post a 16th-placed finished in race two.

• See next week’s Advertiser for Part Two of our review of the year, covering July until December.