Buxton RUFC opened the new Midlands 4 East (North) season on Saturday away at Rolls Royce with high hopes, but ultimately fell short 17-8 against a well-organised outfit.
Buxton fielded a side that was absent of several regular players and Rolls took a deserved win thanks to three tries.
The first 20 minutes were dominated by the much stronger Buxton pack who kept the Rolls’ team deep in their own half/
Scott, Pullen and Rosemond were all putting in the work with Meek and Wain gaining valuable metres.
As the game progressed Rolls started to feed off Buxton’s mistakes.
Buxton won a scrum deep in their own 22m, only for the ball to be knocked on allowing Rolls to pounce and score their opening try.
From the kick-off Buxton again put themselves under pressure with some poor positional kicking, which the hosts thrived on.
Long, accurate kicks deep into the Buxton half were causing damage and a maul deep in the visitors’ territory saw the hosts drive over for their second score of the day.
Buxton set about responding to going two scores down.
They replied almost immediately with Passey breaking the Rolls’ defence and releasing the ever-present Armstrong for a 50m run in to touch down under the posts to ensure Buxton went in trailing 12-5 at the break.
Five minutes into the second half and Rolls handled in the ruck, with the ensuing penalty seeing Lomas slot over for three points.
Never giving up, Buxton took the game to Rolls with Meek and Edwards’ direct running causing the hosts’ backline problems.
The Rolls backs often looked dangerous on the break and it was on such an attack in the 60th minute that saw their winger score the final try of the afternoon.
This Saturday sees Buxton’s first home game of the season. They return to Sunnyfields action with the visit of Skegness.