Buxton Ladies in seventh heaven as they go top


Buxton Hocky Club Ladies first team continued their winning streak with a 7-0 victory at Ashbourne thirds to go top of the table.

They travelled to Ashbourne with a side depleted by absence and injuries with no substitutes.

They quickly asserted their domination of the game chasing down every ball and moving well as a team going forward from midfield.

The fluidity of passing from Jacqui Wall, Naomi Sessions and Kirsty Dewberry down the left proved too much for Ashbourne’s defence as Dewberry found the net after only 10 minutes of play.

Five minutes later playing centre forward Nicole Roe converted a cross from Dewberry, sneaking the ball past the keeper’s outstretched right foot.

Elizabeth Fisher, making her debut for the first team, utilised Lizzie Potts on the right wing to frequently penetrate the Ashbourne D.

Ashbourne’s defence were repeatedly left standing by the forward line of Roe, Dewberry and Potts and their keeper resorted to ever more desperate measures to try to thwart the trio, clattering into both Roe and Dewberry to give away short corners.

Becoming wise to the keeper’s movements, Roe made a run into the D receiving a great through ball from Wall where she deftly sidestepped the charging keeper to walk the ball into the goal.

Goal number four came when Potts followed up a shot from Roe tucking the ball into the right hand corner with a nifty reverse stick swipe.

As Buxton began to tire towards the end of the first half Ashbourne attempted to break through to the Buxton 25, but keeper Helen Szostakowicz remained untested as Sam Armitage, Karen Ainscow and Emma Alexander kept a tight defensive line.

To finish the half Kirsten Moore made a surging forward run which again found its way to Roe who set up Fisher to score the fifth.

Buoyed their team talk Ashbourne started the second half with much more vigour, frequently forcing Armitage to channel their play away from the Buxton D.

For the best part of the second half the majority of the play was in the midfield and much more even than the first half of the game had been. Buxton, however, extended their lead further when a great play which saw a run from Dewberry down to the baseline pull the ball back to Roe waiting in the centre who completed her hat-trick.

Not perturbed by the scoreline a run of attacking play by Ashbourne followed and Buxton’s defence had to fight to keep the goal out of the net during a goal mouth scramble.

During the same run of play Szostakowicz was forced to go to ground to win the ball on more than one occasion.

With tensions running high, Buxton caught Ashbourne napping when Wall won the ball in midfield, quickly distributing to player of the match Sessions, who set up Dewberry to slot home her second goal.

Buxton Ladies seconds were beaten 11-0 at the redoubtable Findern.