Ladies lose despite brilliant performance


Aylesbury ladies put in their best performance of the season but lost their first game under new boss Ben Woodford 1-0 at Amersham and Chalfont.

Amersham are currently third in the league and were up for what they knew would be a challenging match.

Aylesbury got off to an outstanding start, completely controlling the play much to the frustration of the opposition. Goal hungry from the start, within the first couple of minutes Aylesbury were awarded two short corners with Kim Yeo’s powerful strikes denied on the line twice. The whole team gave their all with Natasha James, Lucy Potts and Angela Dickson attacking the goal and forcing the defence to make mistakes and were rescued by their goalkeeper on several occasions. Becs O’Neill worked tiredlessly in the centre to link the passes with Gemma Hunter Barnes, Liz Sheppard and Eliza Woodford to maintain the possession, calm and collectively Aylesbury built some excellent pieces of play. Against the run of play, Amersham scored from a penalty corner, but with all to play for Aylesbury fought for every ball with wing backs Hannah Piggott and Ria Leadbetter pushing high with the majority of play being controlled by Aylesbury in the oppositions half. The final score was not reflective of the game and a draw would have been a fair result for this superb display of hockey by Aylesbury; the best performance of the season so far and first under new manager Ben Woodford.

Aylesbury will take this confidence into their next game against Oxford Uni on Saturday.