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Westberries 4 - 1 Bretforton Ladies

Bretforton Ladies Hockey Club

Last Updated: Feb 1, 2016 08:57pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Alice Cook
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After their win last week, Bretforton were looking to build on their success away to Westberries on Saturday and a chance to climb up the table. 

The visitors started off well with a superb goal from Sarah Hall, who dribbled the ball into the area at a tight angle and fired straight up and into the Westberries’ goal to put Bretforton in front. 

Westberries answered swiftly with a well worked goal from midfield, leaving their striker enough time to have a strike at goal. Bretforton goal keeper Lily Harrison-Perkins managed to get back into position but an unfortunate deflection off her pads put the score at 1-1. 

The home team increased their lead just before half time, when a ball struck from just inside the D was deflected in from their attacker and into the top right corner putting Westberries in front. 

Facing the sun made it hard for Bretforton to find one another on the attacks and Lisa Workman and Julie Hall in midfield did well to create play and get the ball up field. Unfortunately Bretforton were unable to convert any of their chances before the break, leaving Westberries ahead at half time. 

Both teams started the second half with a renewed hunger for the ball and Westberries were unlucky to find the back of the net after being award two short corners within quick succession shortly after the break. 

Faultless defending from player of the match Lorna Beddis meant that numerous attacks from the home side amounted to nothing. Her attacking runs from defence provided Bretforton with chances to equal the score but the visitors were unable to make the most of their attacking breaks.  

Bretforton were reduced to 10 players when Alice Cook was sent off after a mistimed and dangerous tackle. Westberries took advantage of their extra player and made the score 3-1 when the ball was pushed over the line thanks to a messy attack in the Bretforton area. 

Back to 11 players, Bretforton were unlucky to close the gap when progressive runs up the wing provided great crosses that the visitors were unable to get onto the end of. 

Westberries increased their lead towards the end of the second half when their fourth goal trickled over the line after a scramble between the the attack and defence in the Bretforton area, making the score 4-1 to Westberries. 

The home side were only denied a further goal advantage by some great keeping by Harrison Perkins towards the end of the game, who pushed the ball wide on several occasions, leaving the final score at 4-1. 

Bretforton look to get back to winning ways against BAC on Saturday 12pm, The De Montfort School.

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