Buxton Hockey Club’s first team went down to a 7-3 defeat away at Coalville.
Buxton started the game with their backs to the wall and some sloppy play meant they were 3-0 down within the first 15 minutes.
Buxton couldn’t keep the ball and eventually gave away a dubious penalty flick which Robins couldn’t keep out.
Buxton regrouped and pushed forward and won their first short corner on the stroke of half-time.
From it, Mather lifted a shot over the keeper to reduce the deficit to 4-1 at the break.
Buxton, lacking match fitness and sharpness, used their subs in the second to give tired legs a rest.
With some great play in the middle and quick passing, Talbot fashioned an opening for Wilton who made no mistake to make it 4-2.
This response brought out the best in Coalville, who scored twice in quick succession to restore their four-goal buffer.
Buxton won a second short corner soon after and Hebditch lifted over the keeper, before Coalville had the final say by scoring a deflected shot from close range late on.
Buxton are looking forward to next week’s double-header, with Derwent on Saturday and Coalville in the Vase cup on Sunday.
Squad: Robins, Mather, Lomas, Jones, Thompson, Rowlands, Bedworth, Pathe, Griffin, Wilton, Orritt, Talbot, Hebditch, Uprichard.
• Coalville Badgers 2-2 Buxton 4th
Buxton fourth’s first match for two months was against an aggressive opposition who had two strong adult players in defence as well as some skilful junior players in their attacking positions.
The first-half was equally balanced with both sides pressing strongly for possession.
However, the clearer chances were created by the young Bucks and led to a goal from Sam Rushworth from a hit which was originally intended as a cross.
Later in the half, Coalville earned a quickly-taken free hit from a scramble at the top of the D.
This led to Coalville scoring their first goal.
As the half-time break drew near, Coalville managed to put another well-placed shot into the Buxton goal.
Only a minute from the half-time whistle, Buxton achieved two short corners, but neither was successful enough to result in a goal.
Buxton dominated the second half, leading many attacks into the opposing half despite Buxton’s flow in midfield being constantly disrupted by the persistent stick-tackles that came their way, most of which went unpunished.
George Bradbury was composed at centre-back with keeper Sarah Catlin well protected.
Buxton’s many chances included centre-forward Sam Rushworth agonisingly striking the far post.
However, a break down the right wing led to a James Watson through-ball to Joe Uprichard who neatly flicked the ball past the keeper for the equaliser.
Buxton had other chances including another short corner but couldn’t quite beat the adult defenders and so the game ended all square.
Squad: S Catlin (GK), Todd, Bradbury, M Watson, A Uprichard, S Watson, L Cusco, Cook, B Cusco, J Uprichard, Stanway, J Watson, Gibbs, Rushworth.