Buxton RUFC chief bemoans selection problems after defeat

Buxton v Ashfield.
Buxton v Ashfield.

Karl de Groot was disappointed after his Buxton side fell to a 22-10 defeat away at promotion rivals Ashfield.

The Bucks lost by a 12-point margin, although the director of rugby says that the loss of half-a-dozen regulars undoubtedly affected his side’s rhythm.

“It’s been a disappointing result and week as a whole,” said de Groot.

“We lost six of last week’s starting line-up through injury and other commitments and had to make several positional changes, all of which unsettled the team.

“Having said that, the boys that came in did a good job and we pretty much dominated the game from a possession point of view but gifted the opposition three scores.

“Given Ashfield have been top of the league for 12 of the 13 weeks, at no point did they trouble us offensively and they spent the entire second half defending.

“So it’s just very frustrating.

“Our ‘A team’ would have destroyed them.”

Buxton went in trailing 15-5 at half-time, despite right-winger Dean Wagstaff giving them the lead.

Ashfield hit back with a converted try before a penalty extended the lead to 10-5.

The hosts then scored a well-worked try to take a hefty ten-point buffer into the break.

Another converted try early in the second half by the hosts’ fly-half gave Ashfield a healthy advantage that allowed them to make personnel changes.

Buxton rallied and a try from Ben Austin gave them hope, but they couldn’t fashion a comeback.

de Groot says his side now need to secure victory in their next outing, against local rivals Belper.

He added: “We just have Belper to play now, who are above us, and then we have what should be a fairly simple run of games.

“All the other teams (in the promotion shake-up) play each other, so we should pull some points back over the next few weeks.

“Promotion now will be difficult, but not impossible.

“We just need to remain focussed on the task and hope that we remain injury free and get some continuity going.”