LADIES HOCKEY: Daventry seal draw in thrilling clash

ALL SMILES - Long Buckby Ladies first team

ALL SMILES - Long Buckby Ladies first team

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The top two teams in the County League Division One, with Daventry claiming a 3-3 draw with Towcester IIs.

Towcester took an early first-half lead, and although Daventry then applied a lot of pressure they couldn’t force an equaliser, and Towcester scored again to go in at half-time 2-0 ahead.

Daventry continued their attacking play in the second half and deservedly pulled a goal back through Alex. Towcester were now struggling to contain Daventry, who pulled level with a fantastic strike from Julie.

Towcester rallied and regained the lead, but Daventry again took a grip of the game and equalised with a goal of true brilliance from Julie.

Receiving the ball with her back to the goal there seemed little danger of scoring until she hit a reverse stick drive past the stunned keeper into the top corner.

But the drama didn’t end there. In the closing minutes Towcester were awarded a penalty shot, which was brilliantly saved by KB.

Buckby stay on the promotion trail

LONG BUCKBY’S promotion hopes were boosted massively as they beat rivals Sutton Coldfield Vs 5-2.

Buckby started well and took the lead through Zara Nichols.

Coldfield quickly equalised, but Buckby were soon back in front through Sara Barnes.

Once again the home side hit back and it was 2-2 at half-time. In the second half Buckby started to stamp their authority on the game. Chloe Kirby got goal number three, Sharron Evans put away the fourth and just before the final whistle Holly Harris made it 5-2.

Buckby are no match for Sutton Coldfield

LONG BUCKBY IIs had a tough afternoon as they were beaten 6-1 at Sutton Coldfield VIs. Coldfield scored early. Some good saves from Sarah Fitzpatrick kept it at 1-0, but the home side’s constant pressure did result in three more goals before the break.

There were two further goals for Coldfield early in the second half, before Buckby scored a consolation through Kate Harrison.

A tough game for Buckby who take on title contenders Nuneaton next week. Player of the match was Fitzpatrick.

Welford too strong for mixed team

LONG BUCKBY Mixed travelled to Welford, but suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat.

Welford started strongly and Buckby had no answer as they found themselves 4-0 down by the half-time interval.

Welford made it 5-0 early in the second half, but Buckby hit back to score a consolation through Rob Clayton.

Buckby’s Player of the match was Abbie Arnull.

YOUTH HOCKEY

Youth tournament a success at Buckby

ON SUNDAY, Long Buckby hosted an under-nines and under-11s tournament, which saw seven U-11s and U9s teams come together.

Long Buckby’s junior section has been growing from strength to strength and were able to field three u-9s teams and two u-11s teams.

The club had success with one of their U11’s teams finishing second.

Buckby run their junior training on a Sunday morning from 10-11.30am for anyone aged seven to 13 at the Daventry Sports Park. For more information on the club please contact our website www.longbockbyhc.org