Champagne cheer for hockey champions

Salisbury Journal: Champagne’s sprayed for hockey champions Champagne’s sprayed for hockey champions

THEY did it! Salisbury Ladies finally clinched the West Women’s League Premier Division 2A title with a 4-1 win over Chippenham at Wilton Road but the champagne celebrations were pooped when skipper Kate Behan was taken to Salisbury District Hospital with a serious ankle injury.

“I've torn the ligaments in my ankle so on crutches for the next few weeks - though that won't stop us from partying this Saturday.

“I’m sure I can pretend to be Long John Silver and hop around the dance floor,” she joked.

But Behan, who has led Salisbury to their 13 wins in 15 games this season – and to a coveted place back in the top flight of West women’s hockey – put her aches and pains to one side to congratulate her team.

“I’m just so happy for all the girls, especially the ones who were with us when we agonisingly missed promotion on the final day last season,” she beamed.

“We’ve got a lot of hard yards into this and it’s a shame Tom Morton, who has coached us, was in foreign climes and missed our title winning game.”

On the artificial pitch, Salisbury were two nil up before Behan made her trip to A&E. Jess Hirst got the opener with a simple tap-in from Tilda Hewitt's drive along the baseline then Jenna Whittle doubled the lead, picking up a rebound after her initial shot had been saved.

Sonia Riberio made it three nil before the visitors got one back but Whittle’s brace settled it. Then Salisbury popped the champagne corks and sprayed the promotion cheer.

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