Buckingham’s remarkable unbeaten run finally ends

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Buckingham LHC 1st XI slipped to their first league defeat in almost three years on Saturday, when they were beaten 1-0 by second-placed Slough in the Investec Conference West.

The home side had began well and created a couple of early opportunities, but the visitors, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, defended stoutly and had their own chances in a hotly-contested but ultimately goalless first half.

Again Buckingham began the second period in the ascendency, earning a penalty corner in the first minute which was well saved by the visitors, before they created the best opportunity of the game when a pinpoint Sam Sandham pass found Jo Ellis, who was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but her first touch allowed the defence to get back and clear.

As Buckingham pushed for the breakthrough, the decisive goal came at the other end through a penalty corner as Slough went ahead and they held onto that lead despite some intense Buckingham pressure, inflicting a first loss on the home side for the first time in 48 league matches dating back to February 2011.

They will look to bounce back when they make the long trip to Swansea tomorrow, Saturday, before visiting Boots in the cup on Sunday.