Aylesbury Hockey Club’s men are crowned champions

The triumphant squad. Pictures by Jake McNulty
The triumphant squad. Pictures by Jake McNulty

Aylesbury Hockey Club’s men’s first team have been crowned league champions for the first time in 10 years after beating Sonning 3-2 in their penultimate game of the season on Saturday.

Aylesbury knew that victory would at least guarantee them promotion and after a nervy start which saw Sonning strike on two minutes, the home side soon began to dominate.

Mark Hignell. Shot from a short corner leads to a goal

Mark Hignell. Shot from a short corner leads to a goal

The ever-reliable Dan Lindars scored from a short corner to level before further goals for Austin Greenlee and Andy McIntyre gave Aylesbury a 3-1 lead at half-time.

Sonning came out hard in the second half and pulled a goal back but with resolute defending and skipper Stephen Best saving a penalty stroke, the home side claimed all three points.

Aylesbury’s win couple with rivals Milton Keynes dropping points saw the club crowned league champions for the first time in 10 years with a game still to go.

This is a fantastic result for the team and club and is testament to the hard work and dedication the players and coaching staff have put in over the season.

Elsewhere, a brace from skipper Dave How plus a goal apiece for Dan Best and Dan Inkley helped the IIs beat Wokingham 4-2 while the IIIs capped off a fine day when Phil Collins scored twice in a 2-0 victory over Amersham.