LONG Buckby Ladies suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Sutton Coldfield Thirds.
Both teams played a quick passing hockey game, but it was Sutton who took an early lead with a goal in open play.
Long Bucky kept their heads and were able to win several short corners, but some great goal keeping from Sutton meant they were unable to convert them into goals.
Both teams came out battling hard in the second-half, with Sara Barnes and Becky Askew putting together great forward runs.
Amanda Becker continued to hold the central midfield, with Hattie Smith and Kath Eames putting in important tackles as the Sutton forwards attacked.
Chelsea Evans, the Long Buckby goalie, showed excellent form and kept the team in the game with close-range saves but Sutton put in a late attack and took the final score 2-0.
Long Buckby Badgers 5 Northampton Lions 0
Following on from last week’s 2-0 win against Daventry, spirits were high for Long Buckby Badgers as they travelled to Northampton for their second league game. Midway through the half, good work from Ed van der Kuil and Tom Robson were able to free Finn Pickard to open the scoring.
Within five minutes the lead was doubled, as a mistake in the Lions’ defence allowed Finn to round the keeper and slot home his second.
With Buckby’s defence rarely troubled, the continued pressure allowed Finn to complete his hat-trick just before the break.
The second-half continued much as the first, with solid tackling from Kirti Mehta and stand-in skipper Ciaran Bennion not allowing Lions any attacking chances.
Buckby Fourths came from a short corner with Ed van der Kuil grabbing his first of the season on the back post.
The game finished as Rory Jamieson found Finn Pickard again wide open to complete the scoring in a very solid performance from an improving Badgers team.
n Anyone interested in playing for a friendly, family-based hockey club can go along to training at William Parker School on Thursday nights from 7.30pm for senior players and U13 training is Sunday mornings from 10am-11.30 am. Any age and ability welcome.