Buxton RUFC chief full of praise after Bucks earn late win

Buxton recorded their fifth league win last weekend.
Buxton recorded their fifth league win last weekend.

Buxton RUFC chief Karl de Groot was purring after his side recorded a 16-14 win on the road at Cleethorpes.

Buxton produced another solid performance to ensure their fifth win in eight outings in Midlands Four East (North).

“That is one of the most competitive games I have seen at this level,” said director of rugby de Groot.

He added: “Either team could have deservedly won and no-one would have complained either way.

“We have a really young group of players who are maturing week on week.

“Two months ago we were winning games based on some individual player performances or moments.

“Now we are producing consistent structured performances even when under pressure, which is really pleasing for the whole group.

“They can only get better and better as time goes on.”

Buxton’s forwards lad the foundations for the win with some dogged defence combined with good ball retention.

Matt Lomas converted an early penalty before Cleethorpes hit back to take a 7-3 lead.

Lomas reduced the deficit to one point via another penalty before the Bucks’ first try arrived when Passey scored under the posts, converted by Lomas for a half-time 13-7 lead.

Cleethorpes responded shortly after the break to bring them back into the game at 13-12, before a long-range penalty saw them sneak in front.

However, Buxton’s Sircar kicked a late penalty from the far touchline to seal the dramatic win.

Buxton host East Retford on Saturday.