RUGBY SLIDESHOW: Buxton narrowly lose to Bakewell in Derbyshire Shield final

Buxton RUFC director of rugby Karl de Groot was disappointed not to have added the Derbyshire Shield to the Stags’ trophy cabinet.

A closely contested final at Ilkeston saw Buxton lose narrowly 5-3 against their Midlands 3 East (North) rivals Bakewell Mannerians.

Bakewell were a force this season, doing the double over Stags on their way to a second placed finish behind champions Lincoln.

While disappointed with the result, the performance and season’s achievements gave de Groot reasons to be cheerful on reflection.

He said: “I thought the whole game was rather disappointing to be honest in a variety of aspects, however, what we need to be clear on is what a fantastic season this group has had as a whole.

“Bakewell have been promoted and beat us fairly easily only a month ago so to lose 5-3 in a game we probably could have won clearly demonstrates the guys’ progress over the last quarter of the season.”

Bakewell dominated the early exchanges with the Stags misfiring in most areas as they looked tense and lacking their recent precision.

Their opponents secured some early line-out possession and drove over from five metres out to take an early lead after 20 minutes.

Buxton responded shortly after with a Matt Lomas penalty to make the score 5-3 and that’s the way it stayed after a goalless second half.

Stags had only last week won lifted the Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire (NLD) Plate with an emphatic 41-16 victory over East Retford.

de Groot added: “We have an exciting programme over the summer months, commencing on the 16th May with the club being accredited as an O2 touch centre by the RFU.

“This gives us some continuity right through to the start of the new season, which is great news.

“We need to add a couple of players to the current squad to make us competitive in terms of our aspirations and we are working on that currently, but for now we will just enjoy what we achieved to date.”