Hockey: Sherlock the star as Buxton smash eight

Buxton Hockey v Ramgarhia (white)
Buxton Hockey v Ramgarhia (white)

Buxton thrashed Ramgarhia 8-2 to continue their recent good form.

Buxton dominated the match and created plenty of chances throughout the game.

Buxton Hockey v Ramgarhia (white)

Buxton Hockey v Ramgarhia (white)

The only negative was the two sloppy goals they conceded in the first half.

H Sherlock opened the scoring with a reverse hit from the edge of the ‘D’ before Orritt doubled the advantage after finishing off a fine move.

The away side then pulled one back before S Meaton cheekily deflected Thompson’s hit into the roof of the net.

Ramgarhia again reduced the deficit but Wilton’s drive from a short corner restored the two goal cushion before half-time.

The second half was more one-sided than the first; Sherlock scoring another reverse hit before setting up J Uprichard who finished off a good team goal.

Sherlock then grabbed his hat-trick with a stunning solo effort before getting his fourth with five minutes to go.

Buxton face a much sterner test next week when they travel to Nottingham.

Meanwhile, Buxton seconds suffered the worst defeat of any team in the club’s history, going down to a 14-0 loss at Market Harborough,

Despite the absence of usual players, there was to be no crumbs of comfort as the seconds were mauled.

The side performed much better - it was hard not to - 24 hours later when they defeated Leamington 3-0 in a rescheduled game.

Buxton’s fourths fared better after a slender 1-0 win over Leek Badgers B.

Rees Gibbs scored the only goal late on to seal the win for an inexperience side.

The fifths went down to a 3-1 loss to Ashby Badgers A.

• In the quarter-final of the England Hockey Over 60s’ Plate Competition, Derbyshire beat Reivers at Carlisle on Sunday.

Having lost to Reivers (a team from the north of England) last year, the Derbyshire team gelled well together and fully deserved their victory in a 4-1 penalty shoot-out following a 0-0 draw in normal time.

Three Buxton HC players were involved, with Andrew Matthews having to retire after being injured after 20 minutes and Alan Talbot and Peter Danson both scoring from their penalty strokes.

Derbyshire will now play Gloucestershire, Iceni Rex Essex or Somerset in the semi-finals on Sunday March 22.