HOCKEY: First defeat of the season for Daventry Ladies

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Daventry Ladies suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 4-2 against title rivals Wellingborough.

This was the proverbial game of two halves, with Daventry taking the game to their opponents in the first half and then uncharacteristically sitting deep in the second.

The early exchanges were even , two very good sides playing great hockey but cancelling each other out, this was the case until Julie opened the scoring for Daventry

With a wonderful individual strike , running through the Boro defence before lashing the ball home.

Daventry started to take control but then conceded a sloppy goal before again edging in front again when Julie converted from a well-worked penalty corner.

Davenry were 2-1 up at the break, but then strangely sat deep in the second half inviting pressure on.

Borough started to make use of the space they had to cause the Daventry defence all sorts of problems.

Having said that, Daventry will be disappointed with the manner in which they conceded, all the goals were defendable but take nothing away from Boro who overall deserved the win on the day.

Daventry move on to the next game, still with all to play for as they are three points behind leaders Borough, but with a game in hand.

‘Shoestring’ Buckby outclassed by Oundle

SECOND-from-bottom bottom Long Buckby travelled to second-placed Oundle with a ‘shoestring’ squad of only five regular first team players.

The rest of the team was made up of badgers players and Troy Wells - who had never picked up a stick before Saturday! 

From the outset Buckby knew the game was going to be tough and Oundle’s ex international player Brett Holland carved the Buckby defence open from the start and caused problems throughout the game.

Buckby’s main aim was damage limitation and they were heavily reliant on Michael Bickham at the back who they pulled out of retirement just to help.

Between him, Harry Whitrow and Andrew Hartwell in defence they worked tirelessly to prevent a thrashing, while Karl Huckin in goal made save after save and Chris Woodard and Mark Scoble tried to retain possession for as long as possible in central midfield. 

Despite everyone’s valiant efforts, Oundle ran out 8-0 winners which everyone was extremely proud of considering the strength of the opposition and the relative inexperience of Buckby.

If you are interested in playing for the men’s team please come to training at 7.30pm on Thursdays at the Parker Academy in Daventry or visit www.longbuckbyhc.co.uk for contact details

Becker pops up late to win it for Buckby

LONG Buckby Ladies first team played Stratford IIs at home, but after a month without playing any games Buckby started slowly and took until the second half to start to take control of the game.

The first half to the game saw end to end action with neither team successfully penetrating the opposition circle. At half-time the score remained at 0-0.

Early into the second half Stratford took advantage of a defensive error and took the lead.

Long Buckby did not give up and continued to battle and where soon rewarded with a short corner. A series of passes enabling Sharon Evens to have a clean shot at goal giving Long Buckby equaliser.

Both teams pushed hard for the win. Buckby’s goalkeeper Sarah Fitzpatrick made a number of crucial saves and the midfield players Chloe Kirby, Sarah Barnes and Abbie McDowell worked had to move the ball up to the forwards.

Just 10 minutes before the end of the game Long Buckby won a short corner and captain Amanda Becker stuck the ball past the keeper to seal a 2-1 win for Buckby.

Next week Long Buckby will be an even tougher game as they face joint top of the league leaders at home.

Battling performance is not quite enough

LONG Buckby Ladies IIs entertained Stratford IIIs and were narrowly beaten 2-1 despite a fantastic performance against the top team in their division.

Buckby put out a strong midfield line-up for this challenging game and the ladies worked hard to defend and drive the ball forwards.

Sarah O’Donovan kept sending the ball up the left and Sarah Fitzpatrick made some superb saves to keep Buckby in the game. At half time the score was a respectable 2-0 to Stratford.

In the second half Buckby looked more confident and worked harder on the attack. Mary Burton crossed the ball into the D and Lucy Boston put it away with a satisfying thunk against the backboard.

The club is always looking for new players. If you are interested in joining please check out the club website, www.longbuckbyhc.co.uk, or join in with training on Thursdays from 7.30-9pm at William Parker E-Act Academy astroturf pitch in Daventry.