HOCKEY: Six of the best from Nichols sinks Coventry

BIG WINNERS - Long Buckby Ladies IIs face the camera
BIG WINNERS - Long Buckby Ladies IIs face the camera
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Long Buckby started 2014 in brilliant style as they hammered Coventry & North Warwick IIs 8-1.

Buckby went into the game without their regular forward line, and were expecting a tough game as the previous encounter between the sides had ended in 4-4 draw.

But Buckby dominated from the word go and coasted to victory.

Amanda Becker and Beckie Scotney were promoted to the forward line, and they worked effectively with Zara Nichols, Chloe Kirby and Sara Barnes to create problems for the opposition’s defenders.

It wasn’t long before the goals were going in and by half time Zara Nichols had scored three and and Beckie Scotney one.

Coventry did score a consolation goal just before half time to make the score 4-1.

The game continued along the same lines in the second half with the Buckby backs stopping any real opportunities for Cov to score.

The forwards continued to push hard and break though the opposition defence.

Nichols scored another three goals to take her tally to six and Scotney got another.

Boston and Arnull secure Buckby win

Long Buckby IIs continued their winning streak as they beat league leaders Nuneaton IIIs 2-1 in this friendly encounter.

Nuneaton started strongly and put Bucks under pressure, but they defended well and then took the lead after an excellent phase of play which ended with Lucy Boston tapping in from close range.

Nuneaton hit back to try and find an equaliser, but Buckby’s defence stayed strong.

Buckby went on the attack in the second half, and were rewarded with another goal to put them 2-0 ahead, Abbie Arnull slotting in after a Kay Molloy hit.

This really stung Nuneaton into action, and they quickly pulled a goal back.

In the closing minutes Nuneaton had several chances to equalise but some fantastic saves from goalkeeper Sarah Fitzpatrick ensured Buckby sealed the win.