Hockey round-up

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Daventry Ladies 1 Kettering Seconds 0 Captain Angelina Bartlett won the toss and opted to set the tempo for the game.

Monica Lambden linked well with Paula Smiley and Ronaldo Blyth in midfield to create scoring opportunities thwarted by the Kettering goalie. Madison Creaney tracked back extremely well.

Steph Borthwick and Donna Welsh marked closely so Kettering’s only option was to hit long balls into no-man’s-land. Karen Barlow had little to do in the first-half.

Daventry pushed forward passing the ball around with confidence from Mandy Thompson to Jackie Frost who drove down the right in acres of space crossed to Ronaldo who won a short corner. Smiley hammered the ball deep into the backboard.

The rest of the first-half saw Kettering’s key players counter-attacking, catching Daventry on the run. Daventry’s wingers Jo Biddle and Claire Stewart got stuck in laying off the ball to Angelina to win a series of penalty corners.

Monica pushed out to Paula who floated the ball to Angelina whose best attempt was knocked away by the keeper. With minutes to go Daventry dug deep and held off every attempt on goal with Karen Barlow keeping another clean sheet.

Atherstone Adders 1 Daventry 11

Daventry – without 10 firstteam players – went to Atherstone Adders on the back on a 7-0 loss last week. Captain Ollie Dunn, standing in for regular captain Chris Woodard, scored a goal from open play.

Mark Scoble beat two players before earning Daventry a short corner which Wez Pope duly converted. Ollie ran through five players to knock it past the keeper. Wez then got his brace.

Ollie scored his hat-trick after he took the ball round the keeper.Wez also got his hat-trick from a short corner.

Luke Topp made a mazy run passing the ball to Liam Brown who did a great turn to smash the ball home. Daventry went in at half-time 7-0 up. Ollie got two more goals after he and Shane Acton made good passing moves down the right hand side which made the score 9-0.

Atherstone forced Pete Adey into several saves and Tim Ball was required to make several last-ditch tackles before Atherstone broke through pulling a goal back after a bad pass from midfield.

Daventry used another good move from a short corner which was won by Jacob Howard for Joe Englert to score at the near post.

Ollie got his fifth goal of the game after Andrew Hartwell crossd it from Ollie to knock into the back of the net.

Training is on Thursday at 6.30pm at Daventry Sports Park.

All players of any ability are invited to attend.

Long Buckby Badgers 2 Daventry Badgers 0

The Badgers season got off to a great start with a derby at William Parker School.

From the start Buckby looked more promising with close efforts on goal from Finn Pickard and Tom Robson.

A string of short corners failed to produce the deserved goal for Buckby, who despite continued pressure could not find the net. Midway through the second-half a pass from Jordan Whitrow found James Bennion, who coolly rounded the keeper to score into an empty net. A second goal followed with the final touches of the match for Finn Pickard leaving the final score at 2-0.

Long Buckby U13s

An U13s tournament took place on Sunday at Moulton Sports Complex involving clubs from around the county.

Buckby juniors got off to a flying start beating Welford 5-0 in an exhibition of outstanding junior hockey. The next game saw Buckby see off Northampton Saints Second team 4-0 which saw them through to the final against a strong Saints first team.

In a close-fought game Buckby took the lead with a minute to go, but could not hold out allowing an equaliser with the last touch of the game. A golden goal followed and Saints took the honours.

Anyone interested in playing for a friendly, family-based hockey club can go along to training sessions 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.

Long Buckby Ladies first team started on a high with a 4-1 win over Edgbaston Ladies.

Edgbaston scored the first goal against the run of play but Buckby Ladies quickly took control of the game and were able to level the score with a well worked goal by Millie Entwhistle. The second came five minutes before half-time, with Susan Fox slipping the ball past the Edgbaston goalie, giving Buckby the first half lead.

Cath Eames and Hattie Smith put in strong well timed tackles, frustrating the Edgbaston forwards. Buckby’s midfield, in particular Amanda Becker, Louise Jakeman and Chloe Kirby, provided great attacking support and it was not long before Susan Fox was able to tap in a second goal. Susan Fox claimed her hat trick shortly after.

Buckby Mixed 3 Nothgate Mixed 0

Buckby went in at half-time 1-0 up thanks to a great finish by Kit Seymour. Then Luke Church caught the defence napping and got Buckby’s second with a nicely-placed finish in the corner of the goal. In the final minutes, Michael Grimsdale took advantage of the tired legs and fired in Buckby’s third goal from a tight angle.

This was Buckby’s third straight win without conceding a goal this season.