Buxton 66 NEW Ravens 34
Midlands Premier Division
NORTH East Worcestershire Ravens handed debuts to two new players and also saw Jonnie Mills score a hat-trick of tries for the second game in succession, but they came away from Derbyshire without any reward for their efforts on Saturday.
With it being an away game, Ravens again suffered with players missing due to work commitments, but Ravens felt sure following the previous week’s improvements they were still going to put up a strong fight and they did not disappoint.
Buxton made a flying start as they scored four tries without reply but Ravens’ director of rugby Jason Spafford gave the visitors hope with a sneaky drop over the line, converted by David Wimbury.
Ravens lost a player as Jamie Thomas left the pitch with an ongoing ankle injury but Buxton were keen to ensure a fair game and loaned a player to their opposition.
Buxton took the advantage of Ravens losing a key player and scored another three tries, but Ravens were not going to let half time come without another score and a determined Liam Dunn scored his first try of the season which Wimbury converted to make it 38-12 at the break.
Ravens used half time to regroup and they hit back hard with three tries in the first 15 minutes of the second half scored by captain David Swaysland and two from Mills to reduce their arrears to 38-28.
Buxton were getting nervous and took full advantage of a large squad and used their greater pool of players to hit the Ravens quickly, tiring them out.
With Ravens tiring and having no relief on the sidelines, Buxton scored another four tries, but Mills was determined not to let the game go without a fight and he scored a classy try to complete his treble.
However, the hosts had the final say with two more tries to end an entertaining affair.
Other sections of the Ravens club are developing nicely, with the junior Ravens working hard ahead of their first festival of the season on Sunday, June 21 in Nottingham.
Kings Norton and Ravens O2 Touch section are also training on Mondays and Wednesdays in preparation for participation in the O2 Touch Tour on Saturday, June 13 at Loughborough University.
For more information on any part of the Ravens club visit newravensrl.co.uk.
Ravens host Northampton on Saturday (2.30pm).