Freshwater fires hat-trick as second string gain victory

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HOCKEY: Trysports Division Three leaders Buckingham Ladies 2nds met Phoenix Ranelagh 2nds at Stowe last Saturday and came away with a 5-0 win.

Buckingham dominated the match from the start with Lottie Scarr scoring from a penalty corner after just three minutes. Another two short corners were quickly won but Buckingham failed to convert the opportunities.

In the 18th minute a penalty flick was awarded against Buckingham but keeper Becks Ball successfully saved the goal having conceded only one all season.

Buckingham upped their game and the ball was quickly moved into the Phoenix half where another short corner was awarded but not converted to a goal. In the 23rd minute a display of excellent team play had Fran Clements pass across the D to Immy Burn who chipped in Buckingham’s second goal of the match.

Buckingham started the second half knowing they needed to pass the ball more. However five minutes into the session Phoenix were awarded a short corner but Sophie Tuckett intercepted the ball and ran it into the Phoenix half.

Phoenix won two more penalty corners but could not penetrate the Buckingham defence. Buckingham upped their game and a fresh attack saw Andrea Freshwater shoot into the corner of the Phoenix goal.The game was evenly matched for the next 12 minutes until Freshwater struck again taking the score to 4-0.Three minutes before the whistle Freshwater completed her hat-trick with the final goal of the match.

>>Buckingham Ladies 1sts were in action again on Sunday in the last 16 of the Investec knockout cup competition, edging Mancunian side Brooklands-Poynton 2-1 at Stowe School. In the 13th minute Buckingham’s Lorraine Campbell gave her side a well-deserved lead when she finished a fantastic length of the pitch passing move. Brooklands, however, forced Buckingham to turn the ball over in the 28th minute and they took their chance well to level the score before half time. After the break it took until the last three minutes of the game for the deadlock to be broken and it was Buckingham’s Sam Sandham who skilfully finished a slick short corner move to give Buckingham their place in the quarter finals away to Doncaster in the next round.

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