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1st XI - Match centre

Buckingham Ladies 1s
Bowdon Hightown Ladies 1s
A Brant (33' , 70' ), L Thomas (65' )
Full time
Sun 25 Mar 13:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League - Premier Division

Buckingham 3 Bowdon 1

Buckingham Seal Top 4 Playoff Place With Second Second Dramatic Win In Two Days

Having won 1-0 against the league leaders, Buckingham faced Bowden at home on Sunday, again knowing that a win was needed whilst relying on University of Birmingham to lose or draw against Slough for them to finish in fourth. Buckingham started the game strongly, dominating possession and creating chances to score. A lapse in concentration from a free hit close to the Buckingham D after twenty-five minutes resulted in Tara Melvin putting the visitors ahead against the run of play. However, Buckingham remained calm and from their second penalty corner Lauren Thomas again delivered perfectly from the top of the D for Brant to defect high into the goal to even the scores. As the game wore on Buckingham had more and more of the possession with player of the match Rebecca Van Berkel dominating from the back. The home side created several chances, Brant going close on two occasions. With five minutes to go Buckingham earned another penalty corner and Thomas fired the ball home for a 2-1 lead. With just a minute left on the clock, Bowden tried to push forward to find an equaliser but the ball was stolen and Hannah Cozens’ pass put Brant into the circle with only the keeper to beat. The Bowden keeper did well to push Brant wide but the Buckingham forward fired home from an acute angle with the last hit of the match making the final score 3-1 and taking her to equal league top scorer for the season. With the game finished confirmation came through that the University of Birmingham had been held to a 0-0 draw meaning that Buckingham overtook them to finish forth and qualify for the season ending playoffs at the end of April much to the players and supporters delight.

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Key moments

33:00
Goal Abbie Brant scores for Buckingham Ladies 1s
65:00
Goal Lauren Thomas scores for Buckingham Ladies 1s
70:00
Goal Abbie Brant scores for Buckingham Ladies 1s

Highlights

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70:00 Goal 3 - 0
Abbie Brant scores for Buckingham Ladies 1s
65:00 Goal 2 - 0
Lauren Thomas scores for Buckingham Ladies 1s
End of period 1
33:00 Goal 1 - 0
Abbie Brant scores for Buckingham Ladies 1s
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  • Buckingham Ladies 1s
  • Bowdon Hightown Ladies 1s
  • 0
  • Abbie Brant Goal 33:00'
  • Lauren Thomas Goal 65:00'
  • Abbie Brant Goal 70:00'

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League round up

Other Premier Division results

Leicester Ladies 1s
2
2
Clifton Robinsons Ladies 1s
University of Birmingham Women's 1st
0
0
Holcombe Ladies 1s
0
5
Canterbury 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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