Strong finish to the season for Leighton’s young players

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Leighton Buzzard Hockey Club took their U12s to Shefford & Sandy HC on Sunday for the their final action of a successful season.

Their first game was won 2-1 against Luton U12s with goals from Alex Edwards.

Game 2 was a 3-1 win against Shefford & Sandy with Goals from Alex, Samuel Munday and Finley Bell-Taylor.

In game three, after going 0-3 down within 10 minutes they showed great character to come back to equalise against winners St. Ives only to lose 6-7. Samuel scored a hat-trick, with a brace from Alex and another from Kai Bailey.

The honour of LBHC final playing action for the season fell to the U14s, who were playing together for the first time since the Bedford tournament in November.

Their first game showed this up as although the skills were there, the team work took a while to come back, but after going behind 0-3 in the first half against St Ives ‘A’, they found their Mojo and replied with a second half performance of four goals - two from James Trumper, and one each from from Josh Farnfield and Abbie Lawrence.

Their second game was a ons sided affair with LBHC winning 6-2 with a hat-trick from Josh Gale, one from Abbie and four from James.

The third game was even better with a thumping 9-0 win against St Ives ‘B’ with another four from James, three from Josh G and a goal apeice from Abbie and Josh F.

Commendations to Megan Claggett, Neve Cox and Emily Heale whole substituted in defence to keep the clean sheet along with GK Daniel Koolman, who at still 11 years was playing U14’s.

The draw in the first game ensured a tie for first place in the table, so under the rules of the competition, a final play-off game was played against St Ives ‘A’ which was exceedingly close but losing by 0-1.

This tournament provided the final junior playing for many of the U14s with many already playing with the senior section.