HOCKEY: Nichols hits goal trail as Buckby win again

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Long Buckby Ladies were on fire as they hammered Stratford IIIs 5-1.

Buckby dominated from the start and Zara Nichols made it 1-0 on five minutes. The next two goals came shortly after from Holly Harris and Nichols and it was 3-0 at half-time.

Buckby continued to dominate in the second half and further goals came from Susan Fox and Nichols, who completed her hat-trick.

This win took Buckby up to third in the league.

Long Buckby IIs were also in action, and claimed a 2-1 win over Rugby.

Chloe Kirby fired Buckby ahead, but Rugby came back to level. There were chances for both teams, but Kirby took one of hers to hand Buckby the win.

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In-form Daventry make it four out of four

Daventry Ladies have made a brilliant start to the new season, winning four games out of four to sit top of the league.

Daventry have also opened up a massive goal difference after beating Saints 16-0 at the weekend and 7-0 the weekend before.

Daventry also have a new sponsor in The Grange Convenience Store.

The team are strong at the back with their solid defensive team of Alison Creaney, Mandy Thompson, Steff Borthwick, Donna Welsh and Sophie Robinson.

In the midfield they have the legs and stamina of Gemma Markie, Zoe Smiley, Alex Meek, Hayley Frost, Jo Biddle and their new star player Julie Allington.

In attack they have the power of Roni Blyth and Ang Bartlett. They will also welcome the return of Amy Diment, who is currently nursing a knee injury.

Goalkeeper Karen Barlow also returns after trying to retire for the past few years.