Naughalty at the double to hammer Holcombe

Alex Naughalty
Alex Naughalty

Buckingham Ladies are out of the Investec League Premier Division relegation zone after a stunning 4-1 win at fourth-placed Holcombe.

With both teams missing international players on England duty, Buckingham were determined to make amends for the painful 6-0 defeat their Kent hosts had inflicted on them earlier in the season.

Buckingham had a dream start, with Alex Naughalty firing them into the lead in the first minute.

On seven minutes they nearly doubled their lead when a steal high up the pitch by Leanne Grimsley resulted in Jess Bloom’s close range shot being smartly turned around the post.

With Morag Mclellan to the fore in the heart of mid field, Buckingham continued to have the better of things for the remainder of the half, but it remained 1-0 at the break.

Naughalty got Buckingham off to a great start in the second half too, scoring her second to make it 2-0.

On 44 minutes it was game over at 3-0, with Chloe Hobson on target, and it was 4-0 57 minutes in when some quick thinking and a superb cross from Katrina Nicholson resulted in Bloom getting the slightest of touches to score.

Holcombe did pile on the pressure in the final 10 minutes, and scored a consolation, but this was a brilliant win for Buckingham.

Coach Zak Jones said: “This was obviously a massive win in many respects. Not only does it move us out of the bottom two, but it should also give us the confidence and belief that we can win, not just compete at this level.

“I have always felt a result like this has been coming.

“We have another tough away fixture at Leicester on Saturday and we will be giving it everything we have in this last fixture before the winter break.”