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Buxton RUFC make it eight wins a row against local rivals

Buxton RUFC v Long Eaton (blue)
Buxton RUFC v Long Eaton (blue)

Buxton produced a straightforward 12-6 win at home to Long Eaton last weekend, to maintain their excellent run of form.

The hosts produced an efficient display of team rugby as they won the contest at a frozen Sunnyfields, with the pitch surviving the overnight frost.

Director of rugby Karl de Groot was pleased with the team’s performance and believes the side’s form bodes well for a testing January.

“I thought we showed a level of composure and technical ability that has been missing in recent weeks,” said de Groot.

“That assisted in maintaining a fairly consistent pattern of play that put the opposition under considerable pressure for long periods in the game.

“Our performance was probably one of the better ones so far this season.

“We have a really interesting period now coming up over Christmas and New Year.”

The home team dominated both territory and possession for long spells of the game, limiting the visitors to only very brief touches of the ball.

Buxton were limited to just a solitary converted try by Wagstaff, as they went 7-0 in front.

Long Eaton gained a foot hold back into the game through some rare indiscipline allowing a couple of fairly long-range penalties to bring them within a point at the interval.

The second half continued in the same vein, with some resolute defending by the visitors holding out the rampaging Buxton pack.

Buxton then lost a couple of players to injury but the reshuffle provided a spark for the hosts.

Fly-half Mellor jinked and danced his way through the middle for a score under the posts to give the Bucks some breathing space..

Despite late pressure from the visitors, Buxton remained resolute defensively as they held on for an eighth successive win.

Meanwhile, the club have been drawn at home to historic club Rugby Lions in the next round of the RFU Junior Vase.

The tie will be played at Sunnyfields on January 3.

This weekend sees Buxton go to Skegness before the Christmas break punctuates the season.

De Groot says the next month will be a pivotal stage in the Bucks’ season.

He added: “We’ve got Skegness next week and then a cup game against Rugby Lions, which leads us into a series of games that will define our season in January.

“They are against the top three teams above us.

“If we win those we will have proved that we are capable of taking the next step.

“Lose them and then the campaign is really all over.

“That’s how I see it.”