Battered Buxton suffered a weekend of woe with two heavy defeats, first in the league and then in the national Men’s Vase knockout competition.
It was bad enough on the Saturday when they fell to a 5-2 defeat away to mid-table Berkswell and Balsall Common in the East Midlands Premier Division of the Midland League.
But things got worse 24 hours later when Buxton sank to an 11-1 defeat in the Vase at the hands of rampant divisional rivals, North Notts.
On a stormy day, the Derbyshire outfit were blown away by a very talented outfit, although it didn’t help that Buxton were without several regular players, who were either injured or unavailable.
To their credit, replacements from the second team stepped up and performed admirably in the testing conditions. But Buxton had no answer to North Notts, who scored in bursts and were six goals to the good before Louis Forshaw-Perring bagged a deserved consolation with a reverse-stick hit from the edge of the D into the roof of the net.
It was the best goal of the game, and Buxton continued to battle away. But Jonathon Sewell was sin-binned for a mistimed tackle more reminiscent of ‘Braveheart’ than hockey!
The accomplished North Notts team added five more goals in what was a real learning experience for the locals, whose man-of-the-match was Jamie Wilton.
Injuries and absences also played their part in the league defeat, with just a bare 11 able to take the field, and George Bradbury making his debut in defence.
Nevertheless, Buxton dug deep and played with grit and determination in what was arguably their best performance of the season, even though the match was torturous at times as numerous decisions went against them.
They were rewarded with goals from Dominic Pathe, courtesy of a short corner by man-of-the-match Bradbury, and Joe Uprichard, who scored off a deflection from Wilton’s hit into the D.
Ultimately, Berkswell came out on top, but they were not as convincing winners as the scoreline suggests, with Buxton playing some encouraging, supportive hockey that can be built on in future fixtures.