Hockey
Ladies grab a welcome victory

By Jamie Arrowsmith 23/02 Updated: 23/02 15:40

DEPLETED Bromsgrove Hockey Club Ladies produced a superb performance to secure a 2-1 Midlands Feeder League West victory at Edgbaston 2nds on Saturday.

The visitors took to the field with a degree of trepidation after unavailability left them with a bare minimum of 11 but they started strongly as Laura Collins, Kirsty Gormley and Jo Eddy combined to provide Vicky Powell with a shooting chance but her effort was saved by the keeper.

Captain Heather Nunnerley fired just wide from a penalty corner in the tenth minute as Bromsgrove continued to press whilst Chrissy Smith and Claire Sweetman also went close.

The goal Bromsgrove's play deserved arrived in the 16th minute when Nunnerley won the ball in midfield and sent Smith away down the left.

Her infield pass picked out Sweetman who neatly turned the ball and fed Powell to finish into the corner.

Edgbaston gradually got a foothold as the game progressed and Alison Powell had to make two superb saves to maintain Bromsgrove’s narrow lead.

The second half was a much more balanced affair but it was Bromsgrove who extended their lead when Naomi Cartwright smartly turned the ball home from a narrow angle.

Without the benefit of being able to make a substitution, the visitors began to tire as Edgbaston introduced fresh legs.

Bromsgrove held firm though with Powell making good saves and the defence working hard in front of her.

Edgbaston did pull a goal back near the end but Bromsgrove held on to gain a valuable and thoroughly deserved victory.

Coach Alan Gormley was full of praise for the team, saying: "This was our best performance of the season and I’m so proud of the girls. They played some scintillating hockey and could easily have won more comfortably.

"Their resilience as they tired was a tribute to the terrific team spirit they have.”

The win leaves Bromsgrove seventh in the ten-team table but importantly moves them to within a point of sixth placed Bridgnorth.

THE 2nds also triumphed as the overcame title rivals Ludlow 1sts 4-0.

Bromsgrove started well and went ahead when a well worked move down the right saw Donna McGettigan cross for Libby Joss to fire home.

Harriet Finney added a second when getting on the end of Ruth Brent's cross but Ludlow were not without chances themselves and Bernie Mackie had to make a number of good saves to protect her clean sheet.

A repeat move from Brent and Finney made it 3-0 before Lisa Bolt completed the scoring with a fierce shot as Bromsgrove went six points clear at the top.

THE 3rds were beaten 3-1 by top of the table Worcester in what was a hard fought battle.

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