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Stroud 2 Bretforton 2

Bretforton Ladies Hockey Club

Last Updated: Oct 5, 2016 10:08pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Danielle Cox
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After last week’s disappointing start to the season Bretforton travelled to newly promoted Stroud 

The visitors got off to the worst possible start when within 5 minutes they fell behind, quick play down the home teams right side led to a defensive error in the Bret D and the ball was smashed home from 10 yards. The next 10 minutes were really important for Bret as Stroud pushed on for that decisive second goal but the visitors held firm with Jayne Wheeler and Sophie Hamilton clearing the lines and several occasions. Bretforton started to grow in confidence and move the ball quickly as Danni Cox and Lisa Workman combined to release Julie Hall down the right who just failed to get the ball into the D, much better from Bret. 

A continued spell of pressure from the visitors as this time Hannah Dufty linked well with Sarah Hall resulted in Julie Hall being thwarted by the on rushing keeper, shortly after Julie Hall again found herself in the centre of the home teams D with both the ball and the keeper at her feet as the home team struggled to clear the ball, the pressure was building from Bret and on 15 minutes they got the reward they deserved when another scramble in the Stroud area resulted in the award of a penalty flick, up stepped Sophie Hamilton and as calm as you like slotted the ball home for a well-deserved equaliser. 

The visitors spirits lifted with that goal suddenly looked like the team who would score next, the pace of Lorna Beddis bursting out of the defence and drifting past 3 players before offloading to Dufty who in turn fed Workman before a quick pass to Sarah Hall who just shot wide, another chance this time from a short corner sailed agonisingly wide of the home teams goal, a quick break by the home team sore Wheeler turning back the clock when going toe to toe with the young attacker forcing the ball out of play and averting the danger,  the relief though was only short lived as just before the break the home team were awarded a harsh short corner which was despatched from the back of the D, the home team should have been further ahead but for a series of great stops late on by Bretforton keeper Lilly Harrison-Perkins.

 

Half Time Stroud 2 Bret 1

 

The second half started with Bretforton quickly into their stride, Sarah Cook and Kim Payne combining well with the latter using her experience to force the short corner. Up stepped Cox to feed the ball in as the home defence closed down the receiver Sarah Hall, with Hamilton slipping the ball back to Cox who for the second game running found the back of the goal to level the score, well played Bret. The visitors were well on top now with the home team being limited to the odd venture into the away teams half where the Bret defence of wheeler, Hamilton, Cook and Beddis continued to stand firm, the midfield working tirelessly, as forwards Hall and Hall created further chances. Another short corner for Bret and another straight from the training ground but this time Cox’s effort was scrambled away, Sarah Hall then went close as she broke through the backline before shooting agonisingly wide, another chance this time created by Dufty down the left who passed the ball into the Stroud D , cleared again by the home team. As the clock ticked down Stroud almost snatched the victory when the Pacey forward found herself in a one on one with Bret keeper Harrison-Perkins who quickly came out to narrow the angle and force the shot past the post. 

This was a great game with both teams contributing to an entertaining match with a draw being a fair result in the end, Bret keeper Lilly Harrison-Perkins was voted as the Bret player of the match for some excellent saves at key times.

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