Buckingham survive scare against valiant Aylesbury

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Aylesbury Hockey Club’s ladies first team became the first side this season to score two goals past rampant league leaders Buckingham IIs, but despite producing a spirited performance, they were eventually beaten 5-2.

Buckingham went into the encounter having won every game in Trysports Premier One, racking up 94 goals in the process, but it was Aylesbury who started on the front foot as they moved the ball around confidently with Lucy Potts almost opening the scoring following neat link-up play with Voirrey Holmes.

The home side then took a deserved lead when Meg Chapple scored from Angela Dickson’s pass as Buckingham fell behind for the first time this season.

The visitors were visibly ratted by the goal and remained under pressure with Aylesbury in the ascendency.

However, the hosts were unable to capitalise on a string of chances created by midfielders Chloe Banks, Sam Shopland-Reed and Player of the Match Alice Rolfe, and Buckingham drew level on the stroke of half-time after a defensive error.

The goal lifted the visitors and they came out with renewed vigour in the second half to score two goals in a dominant passage of play.

It was nearly 4-1 minutes later but Aylesbury goalkeeper Jade Hedger reacted quickly to block the shot of a Buckingham midfielder.

Aylesbury pushed high up the pitch in search of a goal, but were caught out at the back as Buckingham overturned play and scored a fourth goal, much to the dismay of the home side, who continued to push forward and they were rewarded for when captain Natasha James deflected Beth Upton’s strike past the outstretched Buckingham goalkeeper.

Any hope of a comeback was quickly extinguished though, as Buckingham netted a fifth against the run of play for a final scoreline that flattered the league leaders.

Aylesbury remain seventh in Trysports Premier One ahead of this week’s visit to Bracknell.