By Jamie Arrowsmith 30/01 Updated: 02/02 17:51
BROMSGROVE Hockey Club Ladies returned to competitive action with a 4-2 home victory against Telford Ladies on Saturday.
The hosts went into the game with five of their squad missing and had to call on second teamers Sarah Farmiloe and Angela Gibson and third teamer Dawn Tomlinson.
Despite being forced into a number of changes, Bromsgrove took the lead after eight minutes when Kirsty Gormley won the ball deep in her own half and fed Kate Jones who fired a terrific ball to Chrissie Smith who rifled home.
Bromsgrove were on top and good play by Naomi Cartwright set up Jones but her shot went just wide.
The lead was doubled in the 20th minute when Gormley fed Vicky Powell who set off on a mazy run before crossing into the path of Smith to tuck away from close range.
A period of heavy pressure from Telford followed and they took advantage to pull one back from a well executed penalty corner.
Having regrouped, Bromsgrove restored their two-goal cushion just before the break from a penalty corner of their own. Laura Collins reacted smartly at the top of the D and her cross was helped on by Gibson for Jones to convert at far post.
The second half was a much more balanced affair and Bee Evans in goal and Justine Postones, Heather Nunnerley and Farmiloe had to be on top of their game to keep Telford out.
Bromsgrove had chances themselves but could not add to their lead before Telford pulled one back.
The visitors then hit the post before Bromsgrove reasserted their dominance and impressive passing led to Nunnerley and Gibson creating the opening for Smith to complete a hat-trick by firing high into the net.
Delighted coach Alan Gormley said afterwards: “This was easily our best performance in the league this season as we managed to keep control for long periods of the game and to create and convert lots of chances.
“We are under no illusions about the task we face to stay up but the girls showed today that they will fight all the way. ”
The win leaves Bromsgrove seventh in the ten team Midlands West league.
THE 2nds maintained their three point lead at the top of Worcestershire League Division Two with a hard fought 1-0 victory at Worcester 3rds.
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GOALS from Alice Farmiloe and Claire Bolt gave the 3rds a 2-0 victory against Bournville 3rds to make it five wins in a row.
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