Not even Storm Desmond’s best efforts could deter Buxton Ladies as they travelled to Findern at Derby, and drew 1-1.
But having not played for two weeks due to bad weather, there was some intrepidation as they faced the second placed team in the league.
The ladies showed Findern they were not going to be a walkover from the outset with plenty of attacking play and possession of the ball.
Play was pushed out to the left side a lot where the opposition were strongest but the combined efforts of Emma Alexander, Kirsten Moore and Sarah Ingleby brought the ball back to the centre attacking stronghold of Nicole Roe and Kirsty Dewberry, who was unlucky to score early on with a shot going wide.
On several occasions Buxton’s defence was severely tested with Karen Ainscow, Sharon Sessions and Molly Shaw battling hard.
Buxton’s keeper Helen Szostakowicz was as strong as ever directing the team and made some commanding saves.
Despite this Buxton were unlucky to concede a scrappy goal leaving the score at 1-0 at half-time.
After a rallying team talk from the captain, Buxton came out in the second half with renewed vigour.
They successfully defended several short corners and Szostakowiczkept the score at 1-0 through most of the second half.
Never dropping their heads Buxton battled on with Annie Baldwin working hard on the right to carry the ball forward, Eleanor Shaw working on the left and Sarah Bentley making some good interceptions to disrupt Findern’s game.
Buxton were finally rewarded when Naomi Sessions scored from a deflection from a well worked short corner.
With five minutes remaining, the team dug in, determined not to let Findern back in the game.
Despite pressure until the end, Buxton secured a thoroughly deserved draw.
Player of the Match was Szostakowicz.
Buxton: Karen Ainscow, Emma Alexander, Annie Baldwin, Sarah Bentley, Kirsty Dewberry, Sarah Ingleby, Kirsten Moore, Nicole Roe, Naomi Sessions, Sharon Sessions, Eleanor Shaw, Molly Shaw, Helen Szostakowicz.