Buxton Bulls rounded off their maiden season in fine style, as they secured a 34-16 win over Boston Buccaneers at Sunnyfields.
The victory ensures the Bulls round off the campaign with their unbeaten tag still intact.
On Saturday they started brightly and took the game to their opponents, who themselves had not tasted defeat prior to kick-off.
It wasn’t long before this pressure paid off and when the ball was shipped out wide it was Tom Bell who raced clear to outpace the Boston backline and score under the posts.
Not to be outdone, Boston came roaring back scoring two quick tries in exactly the same fashion; pulling the Bulls’ defenders one way and with quick hands hitting it back the other way to score in the corner both times.
Bulls responded with some ferocious tackling which allowed Jay McGuigan to pounce and race through to score, just in the nick of time.
On a sour note, this was to be the last act of the game for McGuigan, as he left the field with a foot injury which later turned out to be broken.
With the Bulls now on top in all departments every player was putting their bodies on the line and a smart move close to the line saw Chris Rees scatter a number of defenders to power his way over and put the hosts back into the lead.
There was just enough time left in the first 40 minutes for Bell to cross for his second of the day.
After a long range move, Bell latched on to the ball before racing under the posts.
The second half started as the first had ended, with the rampant hosts registering another try.
This time it arrived via the quick-thinking of head coach and hooker Tommy McGuigan, who committed the full-back before off-loading to allow Dan Hooton to score.
Cameron Oates then picked out Ben Austin thanks to a sublime pass, and he duly went over.
Boston had the final say on proceedings, although the game was already in the bag for the Bulls as they made it 11 wins from 11.