HOCKEY: Heighton strike seals battling victory for Buckby

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Long Buckby put in a strong performance in the wind and rain at Stratford to see off their hosts 3-1.

Despite the conditions Buckby settled into the game and started putting pressure on to the Stratford defence.

The first goal came shortly into the game when Sophie Thompson found the back of the net with a solo effort. The second goal saw Zara Nichols beating the goalkeeper towards the end of the first half.

Stratford had their chances and were denied a goal from a short corner strike and it was 2-0 at half-time.

The second half followed a similar pattern with end-to-end action. It was Stratford who found the goal first when a ball slipped around the keeper for a player on the post to finish.

Buckby never stopped working and were rewarded with the last goal of the game.

Sophie Thomson and Catherine Heighton worked together beating the Stratford defence and Heighton’s shot on goal went past the keeper to make the final score 3-1 to Long Buckby.

Next weekend, all Long Buckby teams are ‘ramping up the red’ to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The club offers hockey for all ages and abilities, anyone interested in playing hockey; Ladies, Men’s or Mixed can contact the club via our website www.longbuckbyhc.org

Seven-up Daventry hammer Saints

Daventry ladies recorded a very impressive 7-1 win against a good Saints side.

Daventry, playing free flowing hockey, launched wave after wave of attacks that Saints struggled to contain.

Player of the match Alex’s surging run created the opening goal for Ang, Julie then scored a fabulous goal before Saints scored against the run of play.

Julie and Ang then scored in quick succession to take it to 4-1 at half time.

Daventry dominated the second half with their rock solid defence easily snuffing out any forward play by Saints.

Roni went on to score two goals with the final one coming from a brilliant finish by Alex.