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Canterbury Ladies 1s
Buckingham Ladies 1s
Full time
T James (24' ), A Brant (26' )
Sat 17 Feb 14:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League - Premier Division

Canterbury 3 Buckingham 2

Buckingham Suffer Frustrating Loss

Buckingham endured another frustrating day at the office on Saturday. They started really positively, creating a number of good openings, with Player of the match Alice Rolfe a constant threat down the right hand side. However, Buckingham's execution in the final third was once again lacking and they failed to convert. Despite this Buckingham continued to play fine attacking hockey, moving the ball with great tempo and fluidity. They were rewarded when Tash James gave the visitors the lead with an unstoppable deflection into the roof of the net from a well rehearsed penalty corner routine in the twenty fourth minute. From the push back Buckingham's aggressive pressing immediately stole the ball and they won another penalty corner. This time Abby Brant was on had with a smart rebound finish, to double the visitors lead. Buckingham continued to have the better of the play but it was the home side who reduced the deficit just three minutes before the break. A contentious decision in midfield left the home side through on goal and a fierce shot beat goalkeeper Ella Jackson at her near post. There was a controversial end to the half, when home side equalised with the last hit in a period that seemed to have lasted longer than the normal thirty five minutes.
Feeling pretty aggrieved, Buckingham used half time to regroup and reset. However, the visitors still came out slowly at the start of the second half but fortunately Canterbury failed to convert either of their early penalty opportunities. Buckingham worked their way back into the game as both sides created openings, with neither able to take advantage. Yet more controversy came with thirteen minutes remaining when a physical challenge in midfield led to Katrina Nicholson being suspended for ten minutes with the home player only receiving a five minute suspension. Buckingham created a couple of great chances and a penalty corner when the sides were ten-on-ten but were unable to convert. The home side immediately took advantage of the xtra player when they returned to their full compliment. A swift counter resulting in them taking the lead with just under four minutes to play. Buckingham threw everything at Canterbury in a desperate attempt to get back on level terms and they did create a couple of half chances, but they were unable to convert as the game ended in a very disappointing loss.

Saturday was an immensely frustrating day. There were lots of talking points and controversy and it was one of those days when every major decision didn't seem to go our way. However, the bottom line is, we failed to manage some aspects of the game particularly well. We let external factors affect our focus, were not clinical enough and once again made a couple of key defensive errors that cost us dearly. The result was made even more disappointing given the fact we actually played really well for long periods. We remain in 5th and have another huge away game against fellow playoff hopefuls Holcombe in an evening push back this Saturday.

Key moments

Goal Tash James scores for Buckingham Ladies 1s
Goal Abbie Brant scores for Buckingham Ladies 1s


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26:00 Goal 0 - 2
Abbie Brant scores for Buckingham Ladies 1s
24:00 Goal 0 - 1
Tash James scores for Buckingham Ladies 1s
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  • Canterbury Ladies 1s
  • Buckingham Ladies 1s
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  • Tash James Goal 24:00'
  • Abbie Brant Goal 26:00'

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Other Premier Division results

East Grinstead Ladies 1s
Leicester Ladies 1s
Surbiton Ladies 1s
Bowdon Hightown Ladies 1s
Holcombe Ladies 1s
University of Birmingham Women's 1st
Clifton Robinsons Ladies 1s


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Surbiton Ladies 1s 18 34
2. Holcombe Ladies 1s 18 31
3. East Grinstead Ladies 1s 18 29
4. Buckingham Ladies 1s 18 29
5. University of Birmingham Women's 1st 18 28
6. Canterbury Ladies 1s 18 20
7. Bowdon Hightown Ladies 1s 18 20

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