Long Buckby Ladies got their Warwickshire League Division Two campaign off to a winning start on Saturday with an emphatic 4-1 win over Rugby IIs.
Newly promoted, Buckby took to the higher level like ducks to wwater.
They took control of the game early on, but were guilty of missed chances until Zara Nicholls fired them ahead, and that was how it stayed until half-time.
Buckby started the second half sharply, and they were soon 2-0 up thanks to a short corner strike from Chloe Kirby.
Buckby’s third was a great goal from Sue Robson before Susan Fox scored the fourth, finishing from close range after some fantasitc attacking play by Nicholls.
Leamington IVs 2 Long Buckby IIs 1
BUCKBY endured late agony as they suffered a narrow defeat in their first league game of the campaign.
Kay Molloy and Charlotte Dennison worked well together on the left and created a lot of opportunities, and Buckby took the lead when Mary Burton passed to Ellie Sales who tucked the ball behind the keeper.
Buckby had no subs and were up against a very young and fast opposition whose subs rolled on and off as players got tired.
Buckby battled on but conceded the equaliser before half time.
The second half was a tight affair, but Buckby held their own at 1-1 until two minutes from time, when Leamington got their second which was to prove the winner.
Lynn Windatt was awarded player of the match.
Long Buckby Under-13s
LONG Buckby Under-13s travelled to Moulton for the first tournament of the season, and won all four of their games, beating Saints and Wellingborough.
Buckby managed to score an impressive 12 goals which were scored by Finley Pernell, Katie Newton, Grace Rowe, Aiden Griffiths and Amy Hoffman, and due to the excellent goalkeeping skills of Connor Robson and the hard work of defenders Aiden Griffiths and Rebecca Edwards, they didn’t concede a single goal.
If you are interested in playing hockey, Buckby offer junior hockey training for anyone aged from 6-13 on a Sunday from 10-11.30am at the Daventry Sports Park.
Older players are welcome to join the senior training on Thursdays from 7.30-9pm at the Parker E-ECT Academy. Contact Amanda on 07979 548984.