Buxton Badgers got their hockey season off to an fantastic start on Saturday playing some great hockey and deserving to win by more than their single goal.
With U16s Joe Uprichard and Matt Watson playing as the ‘adults’ in a team featuring three sets of brothers, it was the youngest side the Badgers have fielded.
Joe Graham, playing his first ever full game of hockey was impressive at left wing as were debutants Sol Gilbride and goalscorer Charlie Edwards, who finished a fine move played from midfield, down the right wing and pulled back by Mathew Hunt Golding.
Leek’s goalkeepers made many fine saves to keep the young Bucks out and on the few occasions that Leek did threaten Buxton’s defensive line, keeper Clayton held firm.
In their first official match as Buxton Hockey club’s newly formed ladies team, the ladies travelled to Wirksworth to play Matlock Baileans in a pre-season friendly and drew 1-1.
Fielding a 17 strong squad full of enthusiasm hopes were running high for their first win of the season.
Buxton started strongly full of attack and were soon dominating play winning a short corner early on in the match.
Unlucky not to score they continued to push hard, testing the opposition’s defence with good attacking play from N. Sessions, Dewberry and Montgomery-White.
Three further short corners were awarded during the first half and it was a testament to Matlock’s defence that Buxton didn’t score.
Buxton continued to press hard throughout the first half where their defence was rarely troubled but when they were, they showed strength and experience.
After significant line-up changes in the second half, Buxton again came out strong but Matlock had rallied and were playing a more attacking game.
Caught off-guard by an umpiring decision against them Buxton were unlucky to concede a goal. Undeterred they rallied and fought back pushing forward once more to enable Dewberry to equalise.
Buxton continued to fight hard for a second goal but to no avail.
Matlock’s ability to get past the mid-section gave the defence a far greater test in the second half and the defensive trio of M. Shaw, Bradbury and J. Shaw did well to keep Matlock at bay.
Headline: Buxton Vets Hockey team first game ends in convincing win.
Saturday saw the first Buxton Vets side put out by Buxton Hockey Club overcome an experienced Leek Vets side 3-1 in a hard-fought game.
Coming together for the first time, Buxton took time to settle to a rhythm, but outstanding play by Jones, Buckingham and Jelbert in defence and some fine saves by Dan Lowton in goal ensured Leek’s attacks were well rebuffed.
Midway through the first half, Buxton’s midfield of Hancock and Thompson began to gain the ascendancy, threading accurate passes through to forwards Edwards and Terry Lowton.
Several short corners resulted from this pressure, with Lowton converting one just on half-time. Buxton made good use of their subs bench with Forshaw, Watson and Fox bringing some extra speed to the play and opening gaps in the Leek defence.
Continued pressure on the Leek goal resulted in another fine goal from Lowton after a pass from Matthews found him unmarked on the edge of the circle.
The third goal, scored by Thompson came from a cleverly worked penalty corner.
Leek hit back hard, scoring a consolation goal towards the end of the game.