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Guernsey end Bexley hockey side's Vase campaign
3:05pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Sport
BURNT Ash Hockey Club’s women’s Vase campaign has ended after they were beaten 5-0 by Guernsey in the quarter-finals.
It was an unfamiliar starting XI for the Bexley side, missing Hannah Smedley and Katy Ovenell with finger injuries, while Nicola Brown started on the bench resting a knee injury.
Dannie Jones scored with just 100 seconds on the clock for the Channel Islanders before Liz Dudin doubled the advantage on 34 minutes.
It was 3-0 early in the second half as Liz Stonebrdge’s initial shot was saved, but her follow up strike took an edge from Bianca Symes’ stick and found the back of the net.
Stonebridge grabbed another when her first strike hit the crossbar, but fell back to her nicely enough to hit home.
Mickey de Vial made it five for Guernsey towards the end, whose only blemish of the day was a green card shown to Dudin.
Burnt Ash were disappointed not to have put out a stronger performance, but with a broken and bruised squad, still demonstrated to the shivering crowd they did their best under the circumstances.
Defeat means Burnt Ash Ladies can now concentrate on their league campaign.
They play second-placed Maidstone on Saturday at their Avenue Road ground, the winner of which will be favourites for the Kent Premier title and the sole promotion spot to the East Regional League.
A draw might be good enough for Burnt Ash, although the previous encounter ended in a narrow victory for Burnt Ash after a nine-goal thriller.
The ladies’ second string could secure promotion and league title this weekend with a double-header of league matches.
In what could be a very successful season for the club, the already promoted men’s first team will be Kent & Sussex Division Two champions with a home win against Canterbury, while the seconds need just a point at Gillingham Anchorians to win Kent Division Two.
On Sunday, Burnt Ash men’s first team host rivals Old Bordenians in the semi-final of the Faithdean Kent Cup, looking for a hat-trick of cup victories after wins on the way to two men’s Vase titles in the previous two seasons.
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