Salisbury Women’s 2nd XI closes out the season with promotion secured up to South Central’s Division I South league, and with one game still to play.

The second team can look ahead to next Saturday’s final game with confidence as they prepare to play Basingstoke away.

Already three points clear and with a massive 16-point goal difference between them and second place, even a defeat on Saturday – while seeming unlikely for the formidable squad - will see them clear.

Undefeated since December, Salisbury have looked impossible to beat for the last three months. But, the year hasn’t always been plain sailing.

Salisbury Journal: Salisbury Women’s 2nd XI

Salisbury 2s began the season unsettled and suffered early losses, to Alton and to Trojans, casting initial uncertainty about the season ahead.

However, after adjustments and focus on the formation and a new balance found across the mix of experienced members and newer players to Salisbury – the wins began to emerge.  

And momentum grew quickly. Their game away to Romsey before Christmas was the start of a twelve-game winning streak.

Team Captain Isla Perkins said: “There was a moment a few games in as we started to settle as a team that we could see we had a real chance of building towards promotion; we doubled down on training and the areas to strengthen in, and went for it”.

Salisbury Hockey Club will certainly have a lot to celebrate next month at the end of season dinner, with three of the club’s teams going up in September – the men’s first team, the women’s second, as well as the women’s fourth XI can all look ahead to the challenges next season will bring them in the leagues above.