LADIES HOCKEY: Nicholls strikes to send Buckby top of the pile

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Long Buckby Ladies are top of the table following a 2-1 win over Olton IIIs.

It was Buckby’s first away game of the season, and they got off to a slow start.

Olton were passing the ball well, but were lacking an aattacking edge until they took the lead on 20 minutes.

But Buckby responded well and were back in the game before half time, scoring an equaliser.

The scorer was Chloe Kirby who deflected the ball into the back of the goal from a short corner strike.

The second half saw Buckby take control of the game and put pressure on the Olton defence.

Buckby goalkeeper Hollie Wright made some crucial saves, keeping them in the game, but Buckby took 
the lead near to the end of the half through another short corner.

This time is was a powerful strike from Zara Nichols that went past the keeper.

Buckby held on to their lead to take a well-deserved and hard fought win. Man of the match was awarded to Beckie Scotney for her hard work and strong defeending.

Long Buckby Ladies IIs 7 Atherstone IIs 0

Long Buckby IIs secured their first victory of the season as they beat Atherstone IIs 7-0.

The win came as a result of skipper Abbie Arnull’s risky formation changes which saw the team playing a very unfamiliar structure.

The move certainly paid off , as the team communicated better than ever and it allowed Lucy Boston to play high up the pitch where she put away four goals.

Left wing Kate Harrison scored twice, with Abbie Arnull scoring the seventh.

Sue Robson volunteered to play in goal at the last minute, and she saved everything that came her way.

Mary Burton was awarded player of the match for assisting nearly every goal and supporting the team on the attack.

Buckby are always looking for new players.

Anybody interested in joining a fun, family hockey club should contact the website, at www.longbuckbyhc.co.uk

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

Daventry Ladies 4 Old Grammarians 0

Daventry Ladies hockey team maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a hard-fought 4-0 win against Old Grammarians.

This was a scrappy encounter with Daventry struggling to impose their usual passing game.

The goals when they came were clinical in their execution and came through Ronni, Alex, Julie and Hayley.