Brilliant Buckingham win promotion to the Premier League

Buckingham's promotion-winning squad. Picture by Chris Hobson
Buckingham's promotion-winning squad. Picture by Chris Hobson
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Buckingham Ladies Hockey Club have clinched promotion to the Indoor Super 6s Premier League following a fantastic final performance when they run out 8-4 winners against St Albans.

Over the past two weekends Buckingham have been doing battle in the Super 6s Championship Division One at Nottingham Trent University.

They got off to a fine start when coming through the first weekend with maximum points following four wins.

In their opening encounter, Buckingham beat Wakefield 8-0 before overcoming a resilient Harleston Magpies 1-0. On the Sunday, they defeated Bristol Firebrands 2-1 in another tough encounter, before winning their final game against Brooklands MU 4-2.

This good form continued on the first Saturday of the second week when first beating Olton & West Warwicks 4-2 before winning a crucial, nail-biting clash 3-2 over Clifton.

With 18 points going into the last Sunday, the squad knew they only needed a single point from their final two games to clinch promotion. However, this was never going to be an easy task as they still had the teams lying in second and fourth in the table to play.

In their first game, Buckingham lost a tight encounter 4-2 to Holcombe after a hard-fought, high-quality game. They had led 2-1 but some key decisions at crucial times went against the girls and they also missed a penalty stroke to slip to their first defeat.

Despite this, Buckingham responded magnificently to win their final game 8-4. After trailing 2-1 at half-time, they turned on the style to run out convincing winners.

This result secured second spot and promotion to the Premier League, a superb and thoroughly deserved achievement having come so close over the last couple of years.

Head coach Zak Jones said afterwards: “I am very proud of our indoor crew and their achievement. They all worked so hard for their success, and showed great character, resilience and skill to come through some really tough and tight encounters and earn what they deserved.

“We will make sure that we enjoy this success but our attention is already turning back to the outdoor game, where we are all determined to do everything in our power to maintain our Premier League status.

“I am sure that the confidence and positivity gained from the success of our indoor campaign will carry over into the outdoor league season which begins again at the start of February.”