The fist wintry weather of the season wreaked havoc with Buxton Hockey Club’s schedule last weekend when all home matches had to be cancelled because of snow-covered pitches.
The ladies’ team did travel to Derby for their fixture, only for it to be abandoned when they got there. So the only team in action on the day were the men’s 4ths, who were involved in an 11-goal thriller away to Boots 7th in the North East 2 Division of the Central League.
The match was such a ding-dong, high-scoring affair that it was more like basketball than hockey! But a makeshift Buxton side won 6-5 to come away with three precious points against a strong Boots team chasing the title.
Playing under floodlights, the visitors piled on the early pressure and took the lead with a screamer from Jack Bentley. Marcus Wilkinson slotted the second goal under the ‘keeper’s stick from close range, and although Boots pulled one back, Bentley bagged his second of the day to restore the two-goal cushion.
However, Boots were determined not to go down without a fight. They levelled the scores at 3-3 by half-time and then at 4-4, thanks to a defensive error, early in the second period after Alan Talbot had edged Buxton ahead once more.
From then on, though, Buxton made their superior fitness tell. Bentley, brimming with confidence, completed his hat-trick, after man-of-the-match Wayne Pearson had burst down the wing, and then he set up a goal for Jim Roe before a late Boots consolation.