South Bucks show its quality not quantity in 4-1 win
THEY only had 10 players available, but South Bucks Hockey Club men still managed to beat Bicester 4-1 on Saturday.
There may have been some shortage of numbers for the MBBO Division Six champions, but there was no shortage in commitment from those who turned up.
First-half strikes from James Fenton and Mark Lilley put the Farnham Common side in the driving seat, but Bicester pulled one back from a short corner early in the second half.
However, it did not take long for South Bucks to restore their twogoal lead through Tim Jacobs, and after David Ive made a cracking save at the other end, Fenton sealed the win with his second from a short corner won by Alex Yeung, who had a great game in defence.
Meanwhile, the ladies also took on Bicester and, in what proved to be a bruising encounter, head coach and keeper Melanie Ive was forced to play out on pitch for the first time in 20 years after an injury to Charlotte Holloway.
Teenager Billie Hancock saved an early penalty flick for South Bucks, but once the deadlock was broken the goals flowed and Bicester were ahead 3-0 by half time.
Determined not to be bullied off the ball, South Bucks tightened up after the break and came close to pulling one back through Jo Young, playing her first game since December, but the hosts grabbed another and ran out 4-0 winners.
South Bucks HC men defend in numbers