Rugby Union: Captain Terry provides just the kick

Buxton first Xv v Liverpool University
Buxton first Xv v Liverpool University

Buxton moved up to fifth in the table after a tight victory at home to Oldershaw last weekend, with skipper Terry Summerfield registering 14 points.

On a cold, wet and windy Autumn’s afternoon Buxton were posed questions by a tough and imposing visiting outfit.

The hosts started the game with a much-changed side from previous weeks, with captain Summerfield and Chris Thyer both returning from injury.

Oldershaw kicked off and Buxton soon piled on the pressure with some great running and phase play from the forwards of Ian Scott, Blake Downings and Ben Rosamound.

After some tactical kicking, the visitors were soon on the back-foot and Buxton were reaping the rewards when Oldershaw were caught offside.

Summerfield kicked the resulting penalty to give the hosts the lead.

Soon after the re-start the Bucks were back on the attack and it wasn’t long before Ainsley Armstrong was sliding over for his ninth try of the campaign. Summerfield added the extras to make it 10-0.

For the next 20 minutes Buxton sat back and let the away side come at them and after a series of handling errors, Oldershaw ran in their first try of the afternoon.

A poor clearance kick was gathered up by the away hooker who played in the winger to touch down and reduce the arrears to 10-5 at the break.

The second half proved to be similar to the first as Buxton piled on the pressure and won a penalty, from which Summerfield made it 13-5.

Harsh windy conditions were making it difficult for both sides to maintain possession, and a series of knock-ons led to Oldershaw turning the ball over and scoring a brace of tries to make it 15-13.

In a recurring theme Buxton were to get back in front through another penalty from which a successful Summerfield kick propelled the hosts into a one-point lead.

With the clock ticking the atmosphere was tense but it was Buxton who held their nerve and a late Summerfield penalty ensured a 19-15 win.