South Lancs/Cheshire League
Buxton RUFC 1st XV 19, Congleton RUFC 1st XV 0
BUXTON were worthy winners in this local derby against Congleton at a bitterly cold Sunnyfields on Saturday.
The hosts had easily beaten Congleton away earlier in the season, but this time they proved to be a tougher nut to crack.
Buxton had plenty of opportunities to score, but the final pass failed to hit its mark. Bartrum and Meek both went close. Buxton were also guilty of taking a crash ball to many.
As the half wore on, Buxton became more frustrated with the situation and the penalty count rose, but Buxton dug deep and soon gained the upper hand. I Scott registered first with a barnstorming break from ten metres out. He took out two defenders and dived over, the conversion attempt limping just wide.
After the break, solid forward play set a platform for the backs. Passey and Morris were resolute and Riley and Campbell were at their evasive best. Torrence linked with Bartrum, who outpaced the defence to score in spectacular style, Riley converting.
Buxton applied more pressure, and despite some strong defence from the visitors they were overrun.
Passey made a half break in his own 22-metre area, drew the defence and, with options either side, selected Torrence, who ran half the length of the pitch to score a fabulous try, again converted by Riley. The introduction of Rabbitts added some extra weight to the front row.
Following the match, Buxton skipper Bartum said: “We should have wrapped this up in the first 20 minutes, but Congleton gave us a good run. Our technique proved to be the deciding factor.”