Hockey: Buxton round off campaign with a win

Buxton hockey firsts v Mansfield (white)
Buxton hockey firsts v Mansfield (white)
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Buxton finished off the season with a well-deserved 2-1 win over Mansfield at home last weekend.

The slender victory leaves Buxton well clear of the relegation places and secured a seventh-placed finish after taking 20 points from their 18 matches.

Buxton hockey firsts v Mansfield (white)

Buxton hockey firsts v Mansfield (white)

On a fine and sunny day, perfect for hockey, Buxton started brightly and put the away side under intense pressure.

It only took a couple of minutes for the home side to break through with Orritt scoring following a delightful through ball from Browett.

The Bucks were dominating the first half and the second goal quickly followed from a short corner.

Orritt laid off for Wilton, who calmly flicked in to double the hosts’ advantage.

The second half then became a more even affair with both sides creating chances.

Balderstone, in the Buxton goal, made a couple of good saves but had no chance with the Mansfield goal.

The visitors reduced their arrears via a penalty flick.

Buxton tightened up after that goal and an equaliser never looked on the cards.

All in all, Buxton have enjoyed a respectable first season at this level and can now look forward to the challenges that next season will bring.

Squad: D Balderstone (GK), M Thompson, W Mather (C), P Jones, P Ainscow, Saunders, D Pathe, J E Wilton, M Curzon, W Orritt, P Browett, B Meaton, D Lowton.