The UK Armed Forces women's hockey team has staged an invitational tournament in Aldershot, with the side harbouring hopes of a return to the County Championship.

International sides from England and Wales, the British police and the civil service featured alongside UKAF in the two-day competition.

A training camp in Portsmouth preceded this two-day tournament at Aldershot as the UK Armed Forces women's side look to the future - and this contest will put them in good stead ahead of any future events.

It's hoped the military women can one day return to the top table of domestic hockey and feature in the County Championship, challenging for silverware.

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The forces side demonstrated their potential with strong displays, including a 5-0 win over the civil service.

The military women took an early lead against the civil servants, with skipper Annabel Lamb's pass splitting the visitors' defence.

The ball eventually found Katie Vickers, with the Brize Norton-based player opening the scoring.

With the long-term aim for UKAF to feature in broader competitions, the side displayed their ability to polish off opposition as Alice Hudson put the home side 2-0 in front.

The Royal Navy musician added a second minutes later, as UKAF took control.

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The second half saw the civil service wilt further in the strong summer sun.

Jessica Webb picked off a poor back-pass to race past would-be defenders before lashing home for a 4-0 lead.

The demolition job was complete when Webb once more pounced on the dithering defence, plucking out Rachel Clarke to guide the ball past the keeper.

Five goals from four scorers - but encouragingly, all three services were represented.

The appetite of the players for more chances to compete in UKAF colours bodes well, as the military side seeks further on-field challenges in the future.

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