Buxton Hockey Club Ladies were beaten 1-0 against Macclesfield away in their second friendly game.
Although the scoreline read 1-0, a draw would not have been unfair as Buxtonheld their own in an exciting end to end game of hockey.
Emily Bradbury made a commanding start in central defence, ably assisted by Sharon Sessions on the left and Victoria Waring on the right.
Sessions put in the crunching tackles when they counted, while keeper Sarah Catlin was called upon to make some dynamic saves.
Moving forward with confidence, Elizabeth Fisher made some great runs on the left wing supported by Ellie Higgins Brown, who ran tirelessly in midfield helping to make great linking play with Kirsty Dewberry in the Centre.
Meanwhile on the right Lauren brought the ball to Macclesfield with tenacious play and some great balls out to Annie Baldwin on the wing.
In the second three substitutions saw Kate Higgins Brown and Kirsten Moore come on in defence, while Emily’s shoes were filled by Naomi Sessions, who pushed forward with confidence, while Nicole Roe covered the centre midfield, switching back when needed.
Sarah Bentley dropped back from centre forward to more of an attacking midfield role connecting the runs on the right from Annie and Scarlett Bambridge, who had come onto the right wing.
Kirsty Dewberry had some great opportunities in the D, but Macclesfield kept tight onto her often not allowing room to shoot but on more than one occasion she got the better of the defence and forced a save.
Another switch around in the final third brought Sharon back on to take the crunching tackles to the opposition and Victoria found her true calling on the left wing with some very natural runs into space and a thwarted attempt on goal.
Early in the third Buxton were caught napping at the back and the ball snuck past the boot of Sarah in goal to make the score 1-0.
Following the goal Buxton collected themselves well and kept their heads up with more commanding moves up the centre from Naomi who had switched into centre midfield. While Kirsten Moore covered stray players excellently in the D getting the ball out to Scarlett on the right wing.
The excitement of the game didn’t let up with Sarah again having to make some great saves as Macclesfield had three shots on target in a row.
Play promptly switched up the field and the final whistle was cruelly blown while Buxton were in possession with Kirsty moving in to shoot.
All in all Buxton built positively on the start they had made against Matlock last month as they prepare to enter the league for the first time in over ten years and definitely benefited from the rousing support on the sidelines. Next week will see Macclesfield return to Buxton for the home fixture.