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Blockley 4 - 4 Bretforton 1st XI

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2015 04:02pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Alice Cook
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Largely considered their local derby, Bretforton Ladies were looking to improve on last week’s performance and see off rivals Blockley in this weekend’s game. 

 

With both teams hungry for a win, the first five minutes of the game were going to be of utmost importance, and it was Blockley who managed to make the most of the opening minutes. Keeping possession from the start, the home team were rewarded with an early goal.

 

Bretforton worked hard to get themselves back into the game after conceding early, and were rewarded with a number of short corners following great driving play from Lisa Workman and Dani Cox in midfield. The visitors were rewarded when a perfectly paced short corner was sweetly struck by Bretforton’s Sophie Hamilton into the corner of the goal.

 

Blockley re-applied the pressure and found themselves back in the lead when a battle in the Bretforton area resulted in the ball slipping past the Bret defence and goalie, making the score 2-1. 

 

The second half saw renewed hunger from both teams, but it was Bretforton who found the back of the net first to even the scoresheet. A flying cross from right midfield was slipped into the bottom left corner with a dive from Alice Cook, who managed to get just enough on the ball to get the visitors back in the game. 

 

The derby intensified after Bretforton’s second goal, and Blockley made the most of some excellent skill in the middle of the field and the speed of their forwards to score two more goals in quick succession. 

 

The visitors stepped up their game, and relentless hard work from Workman in the middle and pressing runs from Julie Hall on the wing, helped Bretforton to continue pressuring the home team and look for another chance to get themselves back into the game. 

 

Their hard work paid off when a stunning run from Heather Carr from defence into the attaching D gave her the chance to scored with a sweeping shot on goal. The Blockley keeper managed to save the shot, but Tess Lewinton was there for the rebound to make the score 4-3. 

 

Shortly after Lewinton was unlucky to find the back of the net again when her shot was saved on the line by the Blockley defence keeping the home side in the lead.

 

Lily Harrison-Perkins in goal for Bretforton was instrumental in keeping the visitors in the game and a succession of superb saves meant that Blockley were unable to add to their collection of goals.

 

Bretforton’s hard work and determination was rewarded in the final 5 minutes of the game, when a perfectly weighted cross from Workman gave Cook the chance to sweep at the ball, putting it top-right corner and giving the Blockley keeper no chance to save - levelling the score at 4-4.

 

Bretforton travel away this weekend to play Bristol University.

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