Buxton Stags produced another impressive home performance in the RFU Junior Vase to power through to the last 16 of the Midlands Section.
They beat Midlands West top of the table side Barton Under Needwood, had had previously only lost one game all season, but ended up conceding the tie early in the second half.
Battling all the elements, against the wind and rain in the first half, they closed out the game with two tries by winger Armstrong early on, both converted by Sircar for a 14-3 half-time lead.
Buxton turned round at the break having dominated the half through their forward play and looking forward to taking advantage of the conditions now being in their favour.
But they were thwarted by the opposition after 10 minutes, who conceded the game having gone down to 13 players and without any real appetite to continue, or that’s how it seemed from the touchline.
Buxton now move into the draw for the next round, which is played on 2nd January , looking forward to the next challenge.
Director of rugby Karl de Groot was delighted with the display, in difficult conditions.
He said: “This squad continues to impress me, week after week, they fail to give up, even when under extreme pressure from either the opposition, or in today’s case the conditions that they had to endure first half.“
De Groot believes there’s more to come from his Buxton side too.
“They have now demonstrated in successive weeks that thay really are capable of the next step, having despatched Long Eaton last week, who were unbeaten and now Barton, who were top of their respective league, both with ease and both in vile conditions,” he said.
“On both ocassions we endeavoured to still play some wide rugby, stretching the opposition as much as the elements would allow, which is testament to their desire to play an attractive brand of rugby, however difficult this may be.”
This Saturday top of the table Buxton will hope to continue their 100 per cent record when they visit seventh placed Mellish.
The seconds are at home to Derby Vets at 2.15pm.