Bretforton hungry to win

Bretforton 1st XI 3 - 0 City of Bath 1st XI

Last Updated: Feb 3, 2014 06:05pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Karen Fynn
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And win they did, now sitting in second place, 2 points clear in West Premier League 2A.

With no umpire to travel to the away match against City of Bath, Captain Cook selflessly took the whistle which left Bretforton 1XI with just the bare 11 players to take on a physical team in a battle for 2nd place.

City of Bath began the game in a dominant way while Bretforton took a minute or two to adjust to the bouncy pitch. City of Bath took several shots at goal, but all were denied by keeper Vicky Watkins and her defensive crew.

Bretforton started to find form with Hayley Whitehouse the primary danger player.  Despite some particularly tough defensive opposition, Whitehouse weaved through the defence and beat the goal keeper to put one in the back of the net for Bretforton.

Undeterred, City of Bath came back strong on the counter attack which resulted in them being awarded a series of short corners.  Their luck was denied however, by the solid defending of Heather Carr who made a superb goal line stop and clearance.

Bretforton held strong throughout the remaining minutes of the first half, with Julie Hall making strong challenges and distributing well in her defensive debut, Lisa Workman tenacious and disciplined as always in midfield and Emma Lowe linking up well with both players to work the ball past the persistent opposition.  Teri Brown and Tess Lewinton continued to put the City of Bath keeper under pressure, but were denied any more goals before the break.

With the wise words of Tess Lewinton in their ears from the half time talk, Bret began the second half with renewed vigour.  Lisa Workman made a great interception, from a City of Bath hit out, drove the ball into the D and got a shot away making the keeper make the save. But Teri Brown was there to receive the keeper’s kick, and with a powerful strike found the gap between the keepers’ pads for Bretforton’s second goal.

Despite being 2-0 down, City of Bath kept their poker face on and tried to attack, although they didn’t really look dangerous to a more confident Bretforton team. Although they were awarded a couple of short corners, the lightning speed and sharp tackles of Daisy Wheeler, meant that they were unable to get on the scoreboard.

Bretforton are never a team to be complacent and kept their foot on the gas. After a series of unsuccessful short corners, Bretforton’s Sarah Hall, who played valiantly through injury, found the goal with a trademark sweeping shot.

Overall, this was a fantastic team performance, with every player working hard on and off the ball to ensure the win.

Next week, Bretforton host bottom the table Cirencester; always one to be wary of and never underestimate…



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