Buxton III unlucky in Melton Mowbray defeat

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Buxton III were beaten 2-0 at Melton Mowbray despite a battling display.

Buxton had travelled to Melton Mowbray attempting to make it three wins in three matches before the winter break.

With the inclement weather conditions, it was always going to be an attritional game of hockey against a well drilled Melton side.

Persistent work from Mark Buckingham and Joe Grindey meant that Buxton tested the Melton defence frequently.

With the wind on their backs and in their sails, Buxton put a long spell of pressure on the Melton defence.

However a quick counter attack and an unfortunate deflection meant that Buxton were unluckily 1-0 down at half-time.

In the second half, Buxton played their best hockey of the game with some driving runs down the wings with Josh Stanway and James Watson- providing Grindey and Buckingham with some much needed service.

Buxton showed glimpses of why they are a top four side with some slick passing in the midfield thanks to Dan Lowton’s excellent vision and precision.

However in similar fashion to the first half, Buxton conceded a second after a questionable decision by the inexperienced umpire meant that an easy tap in at the far post was conceded.