Struggling to find any rhythm, Buxton 2nd were stung by Atherstone Adders in their first home game of the Midland Men’s Hockey League season.
After winning their opening game in the East Midlands 2 division of the second-team section, hopes were high in the Buxton camp. But they sank to a 3-0 defeat, despite a man-of-the-match performance by Dominic Pathe.
James Whibberley-Cross and Louis Saunders did show signs of life. But despite strong defending, Buxton conceded a barrage of penalty corners that led to Atherstone going in front. An early second-half goal killed their spirits further and after a chance for George Bradbury, the visitors sealed the points late on.
Defeats were also suffered in the Midland League by Buxton’s third and fourth teams.
In the East Midlands 1 division of the third-team league, the former lost 2-1 at Nuneaton 3rd, despite a goal by Joe Grindey, while in the North-East 2 division of the Central League, Buxton 4th lost 2-0 to Derwent 6th.
The third team were hoping to make it two wins from two so far this term but, on a sandy pitch, they couldn’t get the ball moving at speed.
A slow start to the second half then cost them dear as they conceded a couple of goals and might have leaked a third without an excellent save from Steve Norton.
Grindey halved the deficit, slapping the ball home after Dan Lowton had hit the ball into the D. But despite concerted late pressure, they couldn’t force an equaliser.
Buxton 4th produced a spirited performance against well-organised opposition, and the final scoreline did not do justice to their endeavours.
For the second week running, however, they were badly hampered by injuries and spent two-thirds of the game with only nine fit players.
Derwent opened the scoring at the end of the first half and added their second goal from a strongly-hit corner. They then defended stoutly to resist a Buxton fightback.
This weekend, Buxton travel to North Notts looking for their first victory of the new campaign.