ENER-G Midlands Hockey League East Midlands 2: Buxton 2nd XI 3, Market Harborough 2nd XI 0
AFTER narrowly missing out on promotion, Buxton 2nd XI were keen to get the season off to a good start.
The hosts started the game well, keeping possession, and their first goal soon came from Alan Talbot. Following a spell of pressure, Will Houghton drove into the D on the right-hand side and took a powerful shot, which hit the post. The rebound fell perfectly for Talbot, who made no mistake slotting the ball home.
After the goal Buxton started to relax, with Harborough capitalising on mistakes and missed passes. Luckily, Buxton’s defensive line held strong, leaving keeper Balderstone with little to do in the first half.
Buxton closed the half with another goal. With quick short passes across the back and the midfield, the home team worked the ball across to winger Edmans who deftly passed down the wing to striker Longden. Continuing the move down the wing, Longden smashed the ball into the D and Houghton pounced, aided by a lovely deflection inside the circle.
The second half was dominated by Buxton in a great display of possession hockey. Unfortunately the spectacle was marred by an altercation between two players resulting in a yellow card for each team, although neither side made use of the extra space on the field.
Buxton finished the game by scoring their third goal in the final ten minutes. M. Lomas intercepted a through ball from the away side and pulled off a long pass to Drennan, who had deftly lost his defender and was open at the top of the D. Drennan quickly turned and guided the ball through the approaching keeper’s legs.
With three open-play goals and a rare clean sheet, Buxton made the perfect start to their new season.
Buxton: D Balderstone (GK), D Robins, M Hambleton, R Hawkes, M Lomas, J Clayton. S Rowlands, S Edmans, P Heathcote, J Lomas, A Talbot, S Longden, A Drennan, W Houghton.
Fixtures - Saturday October 6: Buxton 1st XV v Rolls Royce 1st XI (2pm start); Rolls Royce 2nd XI v Buxton 2nd XI (departing at 10.15am). Sunday October 7 - Buxton U18s v Rutland U18s (12.30pm).