South Bucks make their point to se­cure ti­tle vic­tory

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THERE was no damp­en­ing South Bucks Hockey Club’s men’s cel­e­bra­tions as they se­cured the MBBO Divi­sion Six ti­tle on Satur­day,

The Farn­ham Com­mon side needed just a point at home to Ox­ford Hawks 6ths to con­firm top spot with three games left, and they looked set to take all three when Tim Jacobs put them in front mid­way through the se­cond half.

Al­though Ox­ford equalised with just 20 sec­onds left on the clock to deny South Bucks a win to kick­start their cel­e­bra­tions, the sil­ver­ware was in the bag.

Head coach Mel Ive said: “We just needed a point, and while we would have pref­ered a win, it didn’t put a damp­ener on our cel­e­bra­tions as it re­ally showed that, as a club, we’re on the up.

“The club has gone through some ups and downs. Two years ago the en­tire ladies’ first team moved on be­cause they wanted to play at a higher level and so did a few of the men.

“There was a ques­tion mark over the club’s fu­ture, but we’ve risen like a phoenix from the flames, and now even have a veter­ans team and a huge youth sec­tion, which we never had be­fore. In school teacher terms, be­cause that’s what I am, I would say ‘could have done bet­ter’. But it was a very hard fought game, and our keeper, my brother David Ive, made some great saves.”

The ladies, mean­while, picked up only a third win of a dif­fi­cult sea­son with a mag­nif­i­cent vic­tory over pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Maiden­head Ladies 5ths in Trys­ports Divi­sion Five.

Sha­hanaz Sid­diquei scored the only goal of the game in the first half, and while some crack­ing saves from keeper Bil­lie Hancock kept South Bucks in front, player of the match was awarded to Divya Panwar.

Ive added: “The ladies have had a dif­fi­cult sea­son. They are mainly teenagers with three adult play­ers, of whom one got preg­nant and two got in­jured, so beat­ing Maiden­head was a great re­sult.”

South Bucks Hockey Club’s James Fen­ton in ac­tion against Ox­ford Hawks

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