There was a mixed weekend of results last time out for Buxton, with the first team losing to the league leaders, the thirds being edged out in a five-goal thriller and the fourths picking up a morale-boosting win.
(Warwick Printing Hockey League)
Buxton 1-2 Coalville
Buxton’s first team lost in heartbreaking fashion after Coalville grabbed a controversial last-minute winner last weekend.
The home team had battled hard against their top-of-the-table opponents and thought they had come away with a well-deserved point.
However, the late winner ensures the hosts are stuck in the lower half of the league table.
Buxton had to defend resolutely in the opening minutes as Coalville attacked relentlessly and forced a series of short corners.
Clayton impressed in goal with some fine saves, with his two centre-backs, Lomas and Ainscow, both having fine games also.
As the half progressed, Buxton came back into it as Lowton and Wilton, in the middle, saw more of the ball and had more of an influence upon the match.
After a goalless first half, the second period was a much more open affair, though goal-scoring opportunities were still at a premium.
Coalville eventually opened the scoring from a short corner, M Chiu scoring on the rebound after Lowton blocked the original hit.
Buxton quickly got back on level terms as Saunders bundled the ball in from close range after good work from Pathe.
As the match drew to a close, a Coalville player surged into the box, but appeared to play the ball with his foot.
The official somehow missed this and instead, penalised Lomas’s subsequent clearance which struck his own player and awarded the away side a short corner. Coalville then put the resulting corner away to secure all three points.
Squad: C Clayton (GK), S Rowlands, S Lomas, P Ainscow, M Curzon, L Saunders, D Lowton, J E Wilton, D Pathe, W Orritt, P Browett. M Thompson.
Triton 4ths 3-2 Buxton 3rds
Buxton thirds took on Triton in a close and high-quality encounter.
With Buxton having to make a few changes, it was Triton who started on top, though the Bucks soon found their feet and started to play some nice hockey. Midway through the first half, Savage slapped the ball into the ‘D’ getting a deflection off a defender, for an own goal.
The second half got underway with the home team replying early, from a scrappy and controversial goal.
However, Buxton soon replied positively with Longen scoring smartly from a tight angle.
With key midfielder Heathcote having to go off injured, Trinton turned up the pressure and equalised through a penalty corner to make it 2-2.
With ten minutes to go, the home side could sense victory, and found the winner with a well-worked goal.
Squad: M Wilkinson, W Schofield, N Marshall, T Savage, S Betts, S Longden, J Cross, P Heathcote, S Wilkinson, T Lowton, G Collins, J Watson, J Grindey.
(Friendly) Buxton 4ths 4-2 Barton Badgers
Buxton’s young team continued their good form with a well deserved win, in a game when they could have scored many more.
In an effort to give the growing squad experience, Buxton fielded 20 players in total throughout the day.
Charlie Hyland opened the scoring before Kai Gilbride added a second.
Buxton then got caught on the break twice for the visitors to draw level, but a second from Gilbride and a strike from Josh Ingleby secured the win.
Fixtures for Saturday, Nov 30: Buxton 1 v Berkswell & Balsall (away), Buxton 2 v Derby Asterdale 2 (home 1.30), Buxton 3 v Stockport Bramhall 3, (home 12pm), Buxton 4 v Chesterfield Badgers, (home 3pm).