MILTON Keynes Hockey Club’s men concluded their pre-season programme with a five-star performance to win the Bucks Cup tournament for a second year in a row.
Playing 150 minutes of hockey in one day wasn’t going to be easy, but with increasing fitness levels and confidence the city side set out in determined mood to retain the trophy, and did just that in style.
Games against Slough, High Wycombe, Aylesbury, Marlow and South Bucks resulted in five wins out of five, with the team scoring 22 goals and only conceding one. The only sour note of the day was Mark Davies having to go to hospital after getting taken out after only being on the pitch for seven seconds.
The day rounded off MK’s pre-season and they couldn’t have done much better, staying unbeaten and scoring 56 goals in total. They now face their first real test on October 1 as they travel to London Wayfarers for their first game of the league season.
MK’s ladies team will also go into their first league game full of confidence after beating Leighton Buzzard 6-1 in their final friendly.
Captain Sophie Reynolds got the city side off to a great start, only for Leighton to score an equaliser before the break. However, the second half belonged to MK – Kate Cash on the end of a great team move to make it 2-1.
Goalkeeper Emma Small dealt well with a few half chances for Leighton, but as the half went on MK enjoyed most of the play down in the other half. Sarah Lowry got on the board before Reynolds completed a fine individual display by netting three more goals.
The men’s second team drew 1-1 against Bedford, Paul Hutchinson getting their goal, but the third team cruised past their Bedford counterparts by winning 5-1. Matt Darvell (2), Dom Tyler, Russell Braizer and Corey Jamieson got the goals.
The ladies’ second team beat Aylesbury 4-1 courtesy of two goals apiece from Lina Makan and Ellie Walsh, while the third team lost 2-0 to Long Buckby and the fourth team lost 1-0 to the same opposition.