One to Forget for Bretforton

Swindon 6 - 0 Bretforton

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014 08:07pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Liz Murrey White
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Saturday saw Bretforton travel to play top of the league Swindon in a bid to get back to winning ways after two consecutive losses in the league. 
On a bleak October morning spirit in the team was high as Bretforton welcomed back defenders Sarah Cook and Liz Murray-white, fielding a strong team to tackle Swindon, a side who they knew would be hard to break down.  Bretforton goal keeper, Vicky Watkins was absent for the match, missing her first league game in five years and stand in keeper Heather Carr had some work to do early on making several brilliant saves. 
Swindon showed early on why they are top of the league with swift passing and movement illustrating what a well drilled side they are and it wasn't long before they made the break through.  Moving forward as a unit overloading the Bretforton back four saw their most influential player fire past Carr to make it 1-0 early on. 
Whilst Bretforton tried to keep hold of the ball they didn't seem to gel and struggled to get it to the half way line before they were under attack again and shortly Swindon's lead was doubled.  Nearing the end of the first half Bretforton had a brief spell in front of goal but were unable to capatalise with a goal line scramble seeing the ball go just wide.  Swindon's strength in depth was obvious as they rotated their forwards who's pace, movement and skill was too much for a lethargic Bretforton to handle and it was 4-0 by the break.
Wise words from stand in coach Karen Porter and captain Tess Lewinton at half time re focused Bretforton who were not able to establish any rhythm as the hosts came out as they had finished the first half.  A fantastic individual effort from Swindon's ex Uraguay international forward furthered the score.  Picking it up from the egde of the circle, she beat several players before executing an exiquisite reverse flick which looped over the defenders and Carr into the net; it was an unstoppable effort.  Midway through the second half Bretforton played their best hockey of the match.  Neat play between winger Amy Trotman and Hayley Whitehouse resulted in a short corner but despite a well drilled short corner routine Bretforton could not penetrate a stalwart Swindon defence and the chance went begging.  Excellent attacking play from Daisy Wheeler created a further chance when she passed it to Emma Lowe whose lightening fast cross straight between the penalty spot and the goal was not met by anyone and Bretforton were left ruing another missed chance.  After a couple more short corners from the visitors there was still no break through and the later stages of the second half was a repeat of how the majority of the match had gone; fast attacks from the hosts and player of the match, Carr being forced into several more decent saves.  There was time for one more Swindon goal before the end making it 6-0 at the finish.  For Bretforton this was one to forget but with only four matches played they are hopeful it won't be long before they are back to their trade mark winning streak.
Plonker of the match was Emma Lowe.  Bretforton would like to thank their match ball sponsor this week Lockheed Martin RAF Brize Norton.


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