Narrow defeat in tale of two halves

Buxton RUFC 1st XV 22

Wallasey 24

CONFIDENCE is returning to Buxton’s injury-ravaged squad after a game of two halves against Wallasey at Sunnyfields.

Buxton’s management changed things up at half-time, bringing on Burford and moving Bannahan to the wing, and things started to improve rapidly with Buxton firing on all cylinders for the first time this season.

Repeated structured phase play started to generate a constant supply of ball which Torrence used to great effect to start building momentum, and it wasn’t long before Buxton scored through Bannahan, converted by Welburn.

Three more quick scores levelled the contest at 17-17 with Buxton now playing all the rugby and repeatedly getting in behind the Wallasey defence to generate phase after phase.

Buxton’s injury curse struck again firstly with the influential Ian Scott having to leave the pitch with back spasms, shortly followed by Adam Burford with an eye problem, the latter having made a significant contribution since coming on at half-time.

Momentum was lost as a result with Buxton conceding ground, and eventually a try under the posts by number 8 Keith Mahon was converted by Lewis.

Buxton fought back yet again with a try in the corner by Bannahan to take the score to 24-22, but with only two minutes remaining Wallasey held on for the win.