Ladies see off Trojans to stay top of league

Tracey Jones for Buckingham
Tracey Jones for Buckingham

HOCKEY: After a series of friendly fixtures throughout January, Buckingham Ladies 1st XI resumed their league campaign on Sunday with a hard-earned 1-0 win at former Premier Division side Trojans.

Despite the local snow, Buckingham made the journey to Southampton for what turned out to be the only National League fixture for both men and women to be fulfilled.

The first half was a pretty dour affair and, with neither side playing with any real fluidity, chances were at a premium, and despite Buckingham showing a little more intent in the latter stages of the half the score line remained 0-0 at the break.

Buckingham started the second half with better tempo and intensity and midway through the session the visitors took the lead when Frankie Scott calmly stepped through midfield and delivered a fine cross which Tracy Jones deflected past the Trojans keeper.

Despite Sam Sandham hitting the cross bar and a number of other opportunities coming Buckingham’s way they were unable to extend their lead. The home side remained a threat on the counter but any attacks were quickly subdued by Buckingham’s “most valuable player” Kitty Higgins in defence.

When the home side’s frustration and indiscipline saw them reduced to 10 players late in the second half, it seemed as though Buckingham had the game wrapped up but some contentious umpiring decisions in the dying minutes left Buckingham forced to defend a series of corners.

In-form Buckingham goalkeeper Anna Searle confidently dealt with the threat and the visitors celebrated a hard earned but deserved win and their first valuable three points of 2012 as they consolidated top spot in the league.

Buckingham’s 1st XI now face Firebrands at Stowe this Saturday at 12noon and as always welcome all support.