Buxton juniors bounce back from opening defeat in U16 Championship

Sheffield Bankers Hockey Club round-up.
Sheffield Bankers Hockey Club round-up.

Buxton started their U16 championship with a heavy 9-1 defeat against a well drilled Neston outfit.

Buxton started slowly, conceding two goals within the first two minutes due to some outstanding skills from the Neston Midfielders.

Buxton got themselves back into the game at 2-1. However, Neston scored twice more before the half-time break as Buxton trailed 4-1.

Despite some better defensive play Neston managed to continue scoring and they showed their quality by exploiting the space they were left in.

Ed Bentley made a number of good saves but could do little to prevent Buxton conceding five more goals.

A quick turnaround meant that Buxton were probably a bit tired against Chester but they started well on their way to a 5-1 win.

Joe Uprichard opened the scoring before Josh Short doubled the lead.

As the game progressed, Buxton continued to press and Ben Cusco deflected in a Joe Uprichard shot which was going wide, before Chester pulled a goal back.

After a much needed half-time break, Buxton went out searching for more goals and eventually won another short corner which Josh Short hit into the bottom corner but Ben Cusco got the last touch on to bring his total for the day to two.

Chester piled on the pressure and brought extra players into the midfield, but after a great counter attack, Joe Grindey squared the ball for Joe Uprichard to slot into the goal to make it 5-1.

Ed Bentley also made some good saves to keep the Chester goal count to one and some good defending at the back from George Bradbury, Alex Todd, Matthew Watson, and the young Kai Gilbride allowed Buxton to stay solid.

Buxton will be playing Leek U16s at home on December 6th, which will be a crucial game for them if they hope to progress through to the next stage of the competition.

Squad: Ed Bentley (GK), George Bradbury, Alex Todd, Matt Watson, Kai Gilbride, Josh Ingleby, Josh Stanway, Josh Short, Joel Clayton, Dan Clayton, Joe Grindey, Ben Cusco, Louis Forshaw Perring, Joe Uprichard.