Ladies hit four in impressive result

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DAVENTRY Town Ladies’ hockey club played Old Grammarians but did not have the most promising of starts.

But the town side soon won back control from a good tackle by Amy Diment who passed to Ronaldo Blyth who slipped the ball to Angelina Bartlett who scored.

Daventry’s defenders of Madison Creaney, Donnatello Welsh and Steph Borthwick marked closely at the back and were able to overturn the ball.

Daventry settled into their game plan and played the ball around the pitch with confidence.

Mandy Thompson took a quick ball from hit-outs to allow Jackie Frost and Alex Meek to push forward into space.

Daventry had several chances on goal with the keeper getting crucial saves from attempts from Jo Biddle, Monica Lambden and Paula Smiley.

In the second-half Daventry continued to pile on the pressure. Mandy switched the ball to Claire Stewart who allowed Ronaldo to set up Angelina for a near post tap in.

Minutes later a similar situation arose this time with a good tackle from Steph finding Ronaldo who slipped the ball to Angelina to score.

Daventry had tactically got a better hold on the game and exploited Grammarian’s weaknesses. The final goal was created from a build up in midfield with Monica and Alex linking to feed Ronaldo. Her shot was saved but was collected by Angelina.

Daventry battled to the final whistle with a pleasing team performance demonstrating solid phases of play.

Daventry Men’s 4 Kettering 1 Daventry went into the game on the back of two victories looking for three in a row and confidence was high.

They started well keeping the ball for long periods and pressing Kettering hard before they broke through after winning a short corner.

Wez Pope converting a move that Daventry regularly use whenever they need a goal.

After the goal Kettering worked hard to put Daventry under intense pressure and got a return goal from a short corner leaving Daventry going into half time 1-1.

Adam Powell gave an encouraging half-time team talk using his valuable experience and Daventry pushed hard earning another short corner which Wez Pope drilled into the bottom corner giving Daventry the lead.

Ollie Dunn scored a good goal after a well-worked move with Liam Brown.

Daventry kept possession for long periods of game and this paid off as Jacob Till broke into the D and fired a rasping shot into the bottom corner giving Daventry a 4-1 lead which they held to the end of the game.

Training is at 6.30pm on Thursday and anyone is welcome to join. Please visit www.daventryhc.com for more details.

Daventry 4

Ludlow 2 Daventry are through to the third round of the Men’s Vase trophy after a solid victory over a team that travelled over two hours to make the game on Sunday.

The firstt goal was a well worked move between Matt Finch and Liam Brown who smashed the ball into the back of the net. Ludlow worked hard to battle back and won a short corner which they converted after a solid strike.

Jacob Till did a great pass to Wez Pope who then burst through from defence into the Ludlow D and fired a reverse stick shot into the top left hand corner of the goal.

Ludlow levelled the game again after another short corner taking the game into half time at 2-2.

After half-time Ludlow pushed hard down the wings and Daventry broke from defence through Jacob who pulled it back to Liam after a great dummy from Ollie Dunn and Liam fired into the net.

Daventry continued to push Ludlow hard and towards the end of the game Mark Scoble played a fantastic through ball through to Matt who rounded the keeper before slotting it into the goal.

The game ended 4-2 after several more chances.

The draw for the next round is next week.