Aylesbury Hockey Club’s first team close in on league title

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Aylesbury Hockey Club’s 1st team travelled to a struggling Bracknell side at the weekend in a quest to maintain their hunt for the title.

The visitors played some of their best hockey of the season in a dominant first half performance and raced into a 3-0 lead thanks to strikes from Marc Hignell, Dan Linders and Austin Greenlea, with star man James Penson a constant thorn in Bracknell’s side.

After the break, Aylesbury took their foot off the gas and ill-discipline from veterans Paul Gregory and Graham Thwaites, who were both sin binned, allowed Bracknell to pull a goal back.

Aylesbury managed to calm the nerves, though, and close out for a 3-1 win.

Following the Easter break, Aylesbury welcome Sonning to Halton in what will be a pivotal game for their season. With just two games to go, they know that four points from their last two will ensure they are crowned champions.

Elsewhere, Aylesbury IIs welcomed Oxford to Halton and ran out 2-1 winners.

Goals from Andy McIntyre and Dave How gave Aylesbury all three points while the evergreen Mike Smith was awarded man of the match for a solid display.

The win left Aylesbury with a slim chance of promotion but they will require other teams to drop points around them in order to do so.

With a number of key players missing, Aylesbury IIIs lost 1-0 to Gerrards Cross.