HOCKEY: Buckby denied as late leveller is chalked off

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Second-placed Long Buckby were narrowly beaten 3-2 by leaders Atherstone.

Buckby dominated in the opening play, but it was Atherstone that took a 2-0 lead with goals on the break.

Bucks didn’t let the double setback get them down, and they scored through Holly Harris to make it 2-1 at the break.

They started the second half strongly as well, and were level thanks to a strike from goal machine Zara Nichols.

Leaders Atherstone showed their quality though as they regained the lead, only for Buckby to think they had levelled again through Sharrron Evans - but her goal was disallowed.

Harrison strike proves the difference

Long Buckby IIs’ good run of form continued as they secured a 2-1 win over Olton Vs.

Buckby started strongly and took the lead when a great ball through from Kay Molloy set up Sophie Thompson to score.

Buckby continued to dominate but missed chances, including a penalty flick from Lucy Boston, before Kaye Harrison netted to make it 2-0 at half-time.

The second half was a different story as Olton battled to get back into the game. They did manage to pull one back, but Buckby’s defence held firm to secure the win.

Goalkeeper Sarah Fitzpatrick made several key saves while Buckby’s player of the match was Abbie Arnull.