Belper Ladies Hockey Club U16’s team qualify for National Finals

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Belper Ladies Hockey Club are celebarting after their U16 team qualified for the National Finals.

The team defeated a strong Buckingham 4-2 in their first regional qualifying match, before securing a 1-0 win over Lichfield and a 1-1 draw with Cheltenham to progress to the London finals on 28/29th March.

It was also a weekend to remember for U13 player Maddie Vaughan who scored four goals.

Belper went ahead against Buckingham after a confident start, before they were pegged back at the break.

But they showed great determination in the second half to seal the win.

A close match against Lichfield then followed with end to end play, Belper scored a disallowed goal just before half-time, but showed themselves to be the stronger team by scoring a further decisive goal in the last five minutes for a 1-0 win.

Despite tired legs the Belper girls then took on the confident Cheltenham girls, who had also won both their matches.

Cheltenham scored early from a well taken corner, but the girls kept their structure and game strategy to level the game.

This final result was enough for the Belper girls to win the Regional Final on goal difference.