HOCKEY: Big improvement for Long Buckby in top-of-the-table battle

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The top two in Warwickshire Division Two went head to head, and it ended in a 2-2 draw between Long Buckby Ladies and Coventry North West.

Buckby lost the previous meeting between the sides 5-0, so were looking for a big improvement.

Buckby took the lead with the ball crossed into the D and tapped home by Sue Robson.

Buckby continued to maintain control of the first half, and went into the break 1-0 up.

Coventry came out fighting in the second half, but Buckby goalkeeper Sarah Fitzpatrick and defenders Lynn Windatt and Katherine Kates kept them out.

Buckby extended their lead from a short corner by Amanda Becker, but Coventry immediately pulled a goal back.

Coventry then piled on the pressure and scored the equaliser with two minutes remaining.

Singleton stars but Buckby suffer defeat

Long Buckby Ladies IIs had a bad day as they were beaten 6-2 at Olton & West Warwickshire.

Despite a promising start from Buckby, Olton dominated the first half. Hard-fought efforts from backs Rachael Hibberd, Jo Russell and stand in keeper Holly Singleton were unable to keep Olton quiet, and the home side were 6-0 up by half-time.

Buckby improved in the second half, with the loss of Olton’s top-scorer a key factor.

Buckby opened their scoring account through Lucy Boston, and the continued to press and scored again through Amy Manfield.

Buckby’s player of the match was Holly Singleton.

Sam smashes winner in last-gasp success

Long Buckby men maintained their good run of form with a last-gasp 4-3 win over Ashbourne.

Buckby went into the game against rock-bottom Ashbourne with confidence high after claiming four of a possible six points from their past two home games, after previously only gaining four points over the course of the whole season.

Buckby started well and took the lead through Matt Finch. Ashbourne hit back strongly and levelled through ex-National League player Chris Beeston.

Buckby rallied once more and went 2-1 up through Ollie Dunn, but Ashbourne drew level again.

Buckby then used their trademark short corner routine and scored through Finch to go 3-2 up and that was the score at half-time.

In the second half, Ashbourne piled on the pressure and equalised with a penalty flick.

It looked like both sides might have to settle for a point, but Buckby made the most of an attacking short corner, as the ball fell to youngster Sam Yates to smash home the winner

Credit must go to the Long Buckby defence of Harry Whitrow, Owain Burke, Chris Woodard, Mark Scoble and Andy Hartwell who completed the whole game without conceding a short corner.

If you are interested in playing for the ladies, mixed, men’s or badgers teams then please come to training between 7.30-9pm on Thursdays at the Parker E-ACT Academy, or visit www.longbuckbyhc.org for details.

Julie the jewel in the crown in Olney win

Daventry Ladies returned to winning ways, as they won 2-0 at Olney despite turning in something of a lacklustre display.

But without getting close to their normal high standards, Daventry still had too much for Olney. Goalscoring talisman Julie again provided the goals, both coming from penalty corners.

Next up for the Daventry girls are Wildkatz, and they will need to raise their game for what is always a fearlessly competitive encounter.