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Bretforton Ladies 2 – 5 Swanage Ladies

Fourth Successive Defeat for Bretforton

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2014 07:54pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Sue Barker
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Another bad day at the office for Bretforton saw them slump to a fourth successive defeat and see them dragged into a fight for survival, Bretforton were left disappointed not to get anything from their last home match before Christmas, strikers creating numerous chances but failed to convert and small errors in the defence proved costly at the end of the match.

It was the home side who started the brightest, with the Bretforton centre midfield causing havoc in the Swanage defence, creating a few early half chances. Bretforton did have the first opportunity to score from a penalty corner and Sophie Hamilton’s shot was turned around the post by the defender on the line. 

Swanage took the lead from a penalty corner after Vicky Watkins in goal cleared the initial shot and the rebound fell perfectly for the Swanage forward to slot the ball into the net. 

After that point, the Bretforton defence settled down and smothering any Swanage attacks, with Sarah Cooke at sweeper making some timely challenges and interceptions. The home side continued to have the bulk of the possession but were failing to threaten the Swanage goal, although good run from Hayley Whitehouse gained Bretforton a penalty corner, this giving the team a good opportunity to practice the drills, Lisa Workman and Tessa Lewinton worked well to level the score with Lewinton gaining the final touch to see the ball across the goal line.

 This only spurred Swanage on, wave after wave hit Bretforton’s defence Polly Christian and Danni Cox fighting for every loose ball and make strong tackles, the away side streamed into Brets circle and despite saves that Maddie Hinch would have been proud to have performed Watkins was unable to prevent Swanage from taking the lead just before half time.

The second half continued in the same fashion as the first, with Bretforton looking to retain possession but not creating many chances, while Swanage always looked threatening on the break, two quick goals from the visitors knocked Bretforton’s game plan, the forwards, Sarah Hall and Amy Pinkney dropped to assist as  Bretforton defence were having to put in last ditch tackles to keep the visitors further at bay, but some of these resulted in a string of penalty corners that fortunately Swanage were unable to convert.

Mid way through the second half a good ten minutes spell from the Bretforton team enabled Heather Carr to clear the ball to midfield, Hayley Whitehouse and Lisa Workman started to control the game and show Swanage the true Bretforton style, penetrating the attacking area, gaining a penalty corner, Sarah Hall  took a first time shot to allow Julie Hall to deflect the ball into the net. This gave Bretforton some hope, and continued to push forward, thus leaving space in the midfield; Swanage took full advantage and broke down the centre to extend their lead. Bretforton’s heads and beliefs started to waver, encouragement from the home crowd, their confidence grew again, creating more opportunities forcing the Swanage defence to work hard, however once again as Bretforton continued to push, against the run of play, Swanage killed off the game with a well taken strike into the corner of Brets goal, ensuring they returned home with the 3 points.

This result leaves Bretforton at the bottom of the table, but despite improving performances and improved fitness levels points after the Christmas break if they are going to have a chance of survival. Player of the match went to Hayley Whitehouse for her tireless runs and consistent effort, and thanks to match ball sponsors – Stroud Birds.

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