Buckingham miss out on promotion

Jess Bloom finished as the league's top scorer with 17 goals. Pictures by Chris Hobson
Jess Bloom finished as the league's top scorer with 17 goals. Pictures by Chris Hobson
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Buckingham Ladies Hockey Club endured a disappointing and frustrating end to their indoor campaign as they narrowly missed out on promotion.

Going into the final weekend of matches sitting in second place and with everything to play for, Buckingham’s first encounter was crucial in their quest for promotion as they took on rivals Leicester.

However, it wasn’t to be as the Stowe side began slowly and Leicester raced into a 3-0 lead.

Despite battling back to 3-2, two quickfire goals from their opponents effectively ended Buckingham’s hopes, although they still created several chances and scored a deserved third goal for a final 5-3 scoreline.

This all but ended any promotion aspirations and Buckingham’s disappointment was compounded in their next match when a poor display saw them beaten 4-2 by Wakefiled.

The next day, the side got back to winning ways with a convincing 5-0 victory over Ipswich before finishing the tournament with a disappointing 5-5 draw against Brooklands, which was particularly frustrating for Buckingham after they led 5-2 and then 5-3 with under two minutes to play, only to concede two soft goals at the death.

This result meant that Buckingham finished in fourth place.

There was some positive news on the individual front, however, with Jess Bloom finishing as the league’s top goal scorer with 17 goals.