Ladies stick to their guns and comeback in style to win

Aylesbury Ladies Hockey V Reading 2nds
Aylesbury Ladies Hockey V Reading 2nds

An Evie Plumb strike with 10 minutes to go grabbed a sensational victory and fifth place in the league for Aylesbury Ladies 1st XI.

Reading Ladies 2nd XI had the lead at 1-0 and 2-1 before a stirring comeback saw Aylesbury grab all three points in their last game before the break in hockey’s Trysports Premier First Division.

Reading took the lead early on from a short corner despite the best attempts of goalkeeper and player of the match Jade Hedger. Aylesbury hit back and scored through a flick converted by Natasha James.

But Reading kept on coming and took advantage of a mistake in the Aylesbury D to go 2-1 up part way through the first half.

Aylesbury then stepped up a gear and dominated possession with Ria Leadbetter and Emily Davitt providing stability at the back. And with a solid platform to build on Aylesbury equalised as the half-time whistle blew.

Hannah Pigott played a clever ball into Angela Dickson who found James. James drove into the D, the keeper made a mistake and the scores were level.

The second half started with both teams going for the jugular. Kim Yeo took a blow for the team, diving in to block a shot and Lauren Thomson saved one off the line.

Then Aylesbury struck to take the points. Chloe Taylor intercepted and Aylesbury had a shot on goal which was deflected into the path of Evie Plumb who fired her shot home to make the score 3-2 with 10 minutes to play.

Reading searched for an equaliser but Aylesbury fought hard and held on to the win, which moved them up to fifth place in the league.

Only three men’s games survived ice-related postponement. The firsts were beaten 3-1 by Oxford despite a first-half strike from Will Ebsworth. The high-flying home side scored twice in a five-minute purple patch. Next up is Henley on Saturday.

The seconds went down 2-1 in a close game against Phoenix and Ranelagh.

The Men’s 4s lost 5-0 at home to Sonning 5ths, again ruing their inability to convert numerous chances, which would have made the game closer.

Aylesbury Hockey Club has joined the Twitter community.

The club can be found with the handle @aylesburyhc or by visiting www.aylesburyhc.com.