Rugby Union: Buxton 17-17 Congleton

Buxton first XV v Oxton Parkonions (dark shirts)
Buxton first XV v Oxton Parkonions (dark shirts)

The return fixture between these two sides proved to be a totally different affair after Buxton’s heavy win earlier in the campaign.

Buxton recorded a 42-5 victory back in October but Congleton gained a share of the spoils this time around.

Buxton kicked off and took it straight to the home side, with Ian Scott muscling his way through the defence only to be held up short five metres from the line.

Buxton continued to pile on the pressure which led to a penalty, from which Terry Summerfield kicked to give the visitors the lead.

Soon after the restart Buxton seemed to switch off and let Congleton come at them. A scrappy period of play then ensued with both defences remaining strong to ensure the Bucks’ slender 3-0 lead was intact at the interval.

In the second half Buxton came out fired up and immediately put pressure on Congleton.

Replacement Paul Storer and Ben Rosamond provided the platform for the backs to work from and it wasn’t long before their efforts were rewarded.

A quick ball spun down the line saw Matt Lomas slide over in the corner for his fourth try of the season.

Summerfield added the conversion and the visitors led 10-0.

The next 15 minutes Buxton proved what they had been working on all season, with good handling, good lines and strong running.

This led to Buxton’s second try of the match as Ben Austin crashed over in the corner before Summerfield duly added the extras.

Despite an imposing 17-0 lead, Congleton fought back strongly.

The last five minutes proved to be a vital blow for Buxton, as Congelton’s hard work and effort was rewarded as they ran in two converted tries to draw the game and deny the Bucks a crucial away win.

The result means Buxton are still fourth in the South Lancashire/Cheshire Division Three table.

The Bucks have a blank weekend this Saturday.