Hockey: Buxton overcome Mansfield in seven-goal thriller

Hockey - East Midlands Premier Mansfield v Buxton.
Hockey - East Midlands Premier Mansfield v Buxton.

Buxton secured victory by the odd goal in seven at home to Mansfield last weekend.

The hosts came out of the blocks quickest and created their first chance on target in less than 20 seconds.

After the first five minutes the game went from bad to worse for Mansfield, as Buxton romped into a 3-0 lead.

The three unanswered goals came in the space of ten minutes and shell-shocked Mansfield.

Buxton’s first and third goals were from open play whilst their second was from a well-worked penalty corner which will have particularly upset the visitors.

Seeing the game rapidly slip away spurred Mansfield into a performance and they soon imposed themselves on the game.

After ten minutes of stronger play, Mansfield gained a goal back thanks to Kyle Farquharson’s effort.

Buxton didn’t start the second half as strongly as they did in the first half and Mansfield took advantage by reducing the arrears furthermore.

Some good teamwork found Jamie Younger with space to strike the ball into the roof of the net leaving Mansfield only trailing by one goal.

With 15 minutes to go, Buxton restored their two-goal cushion via a goal from a penalty corner.

Mansfield rediscovered some spirit but only left themselves five minutes to try and get back into the contest.

Although they notched through Martin Gardner, it was a case of too little, too late as Buxton held out to seal the important victory.

• On Sunday Buxton’s first team had a forgettable meeting with Nottingham as they were hammered 7-1.

The game was played at Ashbourne as Buxton’s home pitch was covered in snow.

Next weekend sees Buxton travel to Market Harborough on Saturday before a home game against Ashby on Sunday.

• Buxton’s second also ran out 4-3 winners, as they travelled to Kettering.

With a bare eleven players to choose from, the seconds narrowly secured victory in a close match.

The Bucks scored first when defender Danson hit a 60-yard pass to striker Longden who skilfully evaded a marker, before beating the keeper.

Kettering replied and then Buxton went into the lead again, just before half-time, when S Wilkinson deftly flicked the ball over the GK.

The home side pulled one back before Buxton added another via Longden.

A draw seemed on the cards when the hosts levelled the scores once again onlt for Browett to bag the winner from a short corner.

• Buxton’s fourth team got the better of Lichfield Badgers A, winning 4-2.