BEN Rhydding Hockey Club's men and women's teams have concluded their campaign, and have both recorded record finishes in

Rhydding Women hosted Buckingham at the weekend and ran out 4-3 winners in a thrilling contest.

Two penalty corner strikes from Sophie Davies countered by one from Jo Day put the home side into 2-1 lead at half time.

The second half was even more eventful as Buckingham equalised through Jessica Cremin.

Into the final quarter and Beth Cordukes made her presence felt with a great strike to give Rhydding the lead again and then, despite Amy Booth picking up a five minute yellow card, Cordukes managed a second strike to extend the lead.

Jo Day, who once played at Ben Rhydding, then finished the game first by pulling a goal back and then by picking up her own yellow card suspension as Buckingham fought hard for the equaliser. It wasn't to be and Ben Rhydding finished 4-3 winners and sealed their best ever 4th placed finish in Division One North - ranking them at 19th in the country.

It was the final game of the season for the men as well.

Ben Rhydding had ensured a mid-table finish but Sheffield needed a win to ensure safety from relegation (depending on results elsewhere).

During the first half the game ebbed and flowed with both teams having chances but none able to put the ball in the net. Sheffield's defence was excellent and prevented any penalty corners for Ben Rhydding during this phase.

As the scores from other games were coming in and Sheffield knew that a win was the only option for them, they upped their game. It wasn't until the end of the third quarter that David Thornton put Sheffield on the scoreboard with a well taken opportunistic goal.

With the lead Sheffield then were in two minds - play safe and keep the lead or look for the second to be safe. With Ben Rhydding always looking like scoring it was mainly down to some excellent saves from Alex Findlater in the Sheffield goal that kept Rhydding off the scoresheet until they conceded a penalty corner and Will Musgrave converted for his 101st National League goal.

Sheffield were ultimately fighting just a bit more for this victory as reflected in the number of green and yellow cards that they picked up including an anxious five minutes following a rash tackle by Alistair Haslam on Rhydding's George Gamble but going into the 4th quarter it was Sheffield who were able to regain the lead through another well taken strike by Daniel O'Toole.

Ben Rhydding were still committed to getting back into the game swapping their keeper for an outfield player for the last few minutes and throwing everything at Sheffield in the search for the equaliser. The game ended with Sheffield having a penalty corner on the final whistle, but with the points in the bag they were able to hit the ball away and celebrate staying in the Conference North with more trips to Ben Rhydding next season.

This was coach, David Birch's, last game with Ben Rhydding as he moves to Newcastle in September. The team thanked David for an excellent season as they finished in another record breaking 5th place in the Conference North. The club is now reviewing the coaching options for next season and looking for expressions of interest from anyone interested in being involved.