Amersham & Chalfont have a taste for another cup final day
ACHC determined to avenge last year’s defeat with another chance to grab some silverware
up a last four clash at West Bridgford on March 20.
Brown said: “Not only do last year’s finalists want another go at it, but there are quite a few of the current squad who weren’t involved last year, so they’ve heard all about the great day out for the final, even though we lost, and want some of that too.
“We don’t know anything about West Bridgford, but we didn’t know anything about Chichester either, although it was closer than the scoreline suggests. We were 3-0 up at half time but had cleared two off our line and knew the next goal would either let them back in or kill it.
“It’s another away game, but that sometimes helps with camaraderie. You get more support at home games, but that can also be a distraction, so it makes little difference to us being drawn home or away.”
Another motivation for ACHC is the chance to end the season with some silverware after their Trysports Premier One title challenge fell away.
They remain second after winning 4-2 at Sonning Ladies 2s on Saturday, Keddy and Courtaux each bagging a brace, but it would take an almight slip up for leaders Reading Ladies 2s to surrender top spot.
Brown added: “It’s out of our hands now. It’s still mathematically possible, but it won’t happen, so the draw of making the final is very much there.”
The men’s team, meanwhile, already have some silverware in the bag, having been confirmed as MBBO Division One champions with Saturday’s 4-2 win over Bicester.
Having secured promotion last week, the men expected the title showdown to be decided with this weekend’s game at Tring, the only team who could catch them.
But their win, thanks to a brace apiece from Alex Sweet and Sam Fernandez, coupled with Tring being held to a draw by bottom side Thame, means they sealed top spot earlier than expected.
Amersham & Chalfont Hockey Club Ladies’ first team