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

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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

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