HOCKEY: Buckby stay top as they battle to crucial win over Nuneaton

IN THE FRAME - Long Buckby IIs face the camera
IN THE FRAME - Long Buckby IIs face the camera

Long Buckby Ladies maintained their place at the top of the league with a hard-fought 4-2 win over Nuneaton IIs.

Buckby dominated in the opening play, putting pressure on the Nuneaton goal and they took an early lead from a strike from Sara Barnes.

Although Buckby continued to pressurise the Nuneaton defence, the score at half-time remained 1-0.

Buckby came out strong in the second half, but it was Nuneaton who beat the Buckby goalie with a well worked goal, levelling the score at 1-1.

Nuneaton took advantage of this change in play, and took the next goal giving them a 2-1 lead.

Buckby however kept their heads, and pressure from Sharron Evans forced Nuneaton into losing the ball in their own D, leaving Sue Robson to score.

With the game level at 2-2 both teams fought hard but it was Buckby who made it 3-2 with Zara Nichols and Susan Fox linking together, with the latter scoring.

The final goal came from Nichols firing in a cross fom the left wing, which through deflections beat the keeper and was claimed by Sharron Evans.

It was another great result for Buckby, with the 4-2 win giving them three points to maintain their position at the top of the league table.

LONG Buckby IIs played hosts to local rivals Rugby & East Warwickshire IIIs on Saturday keen to improve on the result from their previous encounter, but they lost 2-1.

Buckby started strong creating several chances and moving the ball forward well and were unfortunate to be denied by the Rugby keeper in the early stages of the game.

Rugby took the lead from a well worked short corner, but Buckby responded well with some excellent pressure allowing Abbie Arnull to draw the scores level at the break.

Following half time Buckby were keen to capitalise on their position, however Rugby defended strongly and scored a second themselves to claim the win.

Player of the match was Amy Manfield.

DAVENTRY kept up their excellent form with a 5-0 win at Earls Barton on Saturday.

This was a cracking game between two very good sides. The scoreline was harsh on Barton, 
who stuck to their open attacking style throughout.

That said, Daventry were quite brilliant at times, and some of the goals were outstanding.

Julie scored twice, one after a great individual run through the defence before smashing the ball home.

Gemma also scored twice, and Alex finishing the scoring with a powerful run and finish.

DAVENTRY’S final match before the Christmas break ended in a hard-fought 5-3 win at Kettering.

At one stage 3-1 down, Daventry showed why they proudly top of the County League by 
taking the game by the scruff of the neck, and scoring five well-crafted goals.

Julie scored a brace for the second week running and Ang also scored twice.

Hayley got the all-important first goal that kept Daventry in touch with Kettering as they made their strong start.

Daventry will go into the second half of the season full of confidence after an undefeated start, winning every game other than a single draw.