HOCKEY: Revenge is sweet for Buckby over Panthers

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Long Buckby exacted sweet revenge on Leicester Panthers, who earlier in the season were 9-2 victors in the reverse fixture.

Buckby have improved since then, and went into the game with high hopes.

They started strongly, and after good link-up play between Mark Scoble and Matt Finch, Scoble scored a simple tap in to make it 1-0.

Panthers hit back and levelled at 1-1, and at this point Buckby were struggling.

But they weathered the storm and Finch fired them 2-1 ahead after good build up play from the Bennion brothers James and Ciaran.

Panthers continued to press forward but strong defence work from Wez Pope, Chris Woodard, Adam Birch and Harry Whitrow maintained Long Buckby’s lead.

Then, with Panthers pressuing, a counter-attack led by Rory Jamieson fed Chris Tomlin who scored to make it 3-1, relieve the pressure, and secure the win.

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

Last-gasp strike wins it for Leamington

Long Buckby Ladies IIs suffered an unlucky defeat this week, narrowly losing 2-1 to Leamington IVs.

Leamington started well and raced into an early 1-0 lead, which they held on to until half-time.

Abby McDowell, Evelyn Wealsby and Rachael Hibberd were battling hard in defence, while Sue Robson volunteered to play as keeper and made some excellent saves.

Buckby grew as an attacking force, and in the second half they equalised when Sophie Windatt intercepted and dribbled past the defence into the D. The keeper was drawn out of her goal and Windatt passed to Mary Burton who netted.

The game seeemed to be heading for a draw, until Leamington scored an unlikely winner in the dying seconds.

McDowell was awarded player of the match for her excellent defensive work.

If you are interested in joining a fun, family hockey club please check out the club website at www.longbuckbyhc.co.uk

Training is on Thursdays between 7.30-9pm at William Parker E-Act Academy astroturf pitch.

Five-star Ang inspires Daventry to big win

DAVENTRY Ladies enjoyed a goal-fest at the weekend as they hammered Saints IIIs 10-0.

Saints made the mistake of standing off their opponents and were punished time and again by a rampant Daventry side whose hockey was at times irresistible.

With the defence virtual spectators, GK Karen didn’t make a single save, the midfield took the game by the scruff of the neck and provided an endless supply of

Quality passes to the front two who finished with aplomb.

Player of the match Ang weighed in with a brilliant five goals, Julie followed up last week’s goal glut with another three, Alex scored with a brilliant solo and Roni completed the scoring