Buxton Hockey Club’s first team went down 9-5 away at Nottingham, on the opening weekend of the East Midlands Premier Division.
Buxton scored five away from home but still came away pointless after a tough assignment on day one of the new campaign.
Nottingham started the game at a furious pace and scored four times without reply in a ten-minute period in which the Bucks hardly touched the ball.
However, a quick break by Wilton allowed Hebditch to finish at the far-post against the run of play.
Buxton suddenly had their tails up and kept attacking at pace at every opportunity.
First, J Talbot scored in the top corner before Hebditch scored another two to grab a hat-trick on his league debut.
Shortly after though Nottingham nudged further in front via a short corner.
Any thoughts that Buxton had of continuing their momentum into the second half soon evaporated, due to poor umpiring and indiscipline on the visitors’ part.
A yellow card reduced them to ten men before Nottingham pulled away with more goals, putting the game out of Buxton’s reach.
S Meaton bagged a deserved goal for his tireless workrate, before P Jones clumsily got himself sent off with minutes remaining.
Buxton will take many positives out of this game, but will be disappointed with the result.
Buxton will look to get back on track next week when they are at home to Nottingham Trent University.