Old Silhillians 4 Stourport 5
HOCKEY: Sils star Jamie Glynn bagged a hat-trick but his side were made to pay for defensive errors at home to Stourport.
A penalty stroke from Glynn opened the scoring for Sils after Tom Banton was fouled but, just as the home side were growing in confidence, Stourport netted twice to lead at the break.
Stourport added to their goal tally after the interval with a well worked short corner but Sils soon pulled one back with Glynn getting his second.
However Stourport worked the ball well and got another two quick goals from errors in the Sils defence.
With ten minutes left the Sils pushed on and Matt Fell slammed the ball into the roof of the net. And the deficit was down to one when Glynn completed his hat-trick. Sils kept pressing and looked likely to get the equaliser but could not break through disruptive defending from Stourport.
Durham 2 Olton & WW 2
A 65th minute equaliser from Robbie Gleeson netted a Olton a deserved point at Durham.
The home side took the lead on 18 minutes through the first short corner of the match.
But Olton started to make inroads through the Durham defence and were rewarded with an equaliser on 29 minutes. A fine piece of skill from Martin Webb followed by a bullet reverse stick finish past the oncoming keeper levelled the scores.
After a couple of tactical changes at the break Olton continued to push on but could not their convert their dominance into goals. They were left to regret this when in the 61st minute the home side retook the lead until Gleeson’s late leveller.
Next week sees Olton welcome Bowdon to the Midlands for the top of the table clash knowing that a win for Olton could see them take over top spot in the NOW: Pensions North Conference.
Olton & WW Ladies 1 Trojans 1
A RAIN-affected match saw Olton Ladies take the lead against high-flying Trojans on six minutes through Mandy Gatherer. But the lead was cancelled out in the 23rd minute after a Trojan attack down the right was deflected in past the Olton keeper.
After the break the visitors grew in confidence but Olton remained positive, winning a host of short corners all of which were denied by a very strong goalkeeping performance.
In the 65 minute, Trojans were awarded a short corner, and at precisely the same time the weather took a turn for the worse with a torrential downpour leaving significant surface water on the pitch forcing the umpires to stop the game.
With no chance of the weather letting up and water not draining from the pitch it was deemed unsafe to continue and so the match was abandoned at 1-1. The result leaves Olton bottom of the table level with Stourport and Cheltenham.
Hampton in Arden 2 Harborne 2
Hampton in Arden continued their unbeaten home record this season taking the lead through Tom Morgan following up Alex Grafton’s aerial ball into the D.
Harborne’s pressure continued in the second and it soon told as they opened Hampton up and found an unmarked striker at the far post.
Despite not seeing much of the ball, Hampton took the lead again as Alex Grafton was left unmarked in the opposition half and he coolly rounded the keeper before dispatching a reverse stick shot into the empty goal.
However, Harborne got a deserved equaliser shortly before the close as a smartly worked penalty corner brought them level.
Hampton in Arden Ladies 4 Sutton Coldfield Ladies 1
Hampton in Arden ladies 1s bounced back from the disappointment of their first league loss last week to collect three points in a 4-1 victory over Sutton Coldfield 4s.
Hampton started with an intensity that forced Sutton onto the back foot immediately, and this reaped dividends when Brittany Osborne’s reverse stick shot rattled in past the keeper after just a few minutes.
Hampton kept the pressure on and Osborne soon doubled the lead, sweeping in a shot from an awkward angle. On the few occasions Sutton pushed forward in the first half, Hampton quashed any effort calmly and broke quickly and it was one of these breaks that led to Hampton’s third – Rachel Field sweeping in a cross towards the end of the first half.
The second half was a more even affair as Hampton took their foot off the pedal somewhat. The game became much more end-to-end and Sutton picked up a goal mid way through the half.
This galvanised Hampton who were determined to not concede any more, and they picked up their game and began to push again.
Their renewed efforts were rewarded and Osborne slammed home a short corner shot to complete her hat trick and extend Hampton’s lead to the final tally of four to one.
Solihull Blossomfield 2 Wednesbury 2
Bloss increased their unbeaten run to six matches with a 2-2 draw against visitors Wednesbury.
Bloss started where they had left off from the previous week with very free flowing hockey but could not break down the visitors. This changed after 20 minutes with a top of the circle strike from midfielder Benjamin Freer.
Bloss were quick to continue after the break but with Wednesbury playing a half court press, they were hard to break down. Wednesbury then got lucky and hit Bloss on the break to score twice in 10 minutes. Bloss continued to press hard and were rewarded with another goal from Richard Weaver 10 minutes before time.
Bloss travel to West Bromwich on Saturday.
Solihull Blossomfield Ladies 3rds 0 Warwick Uni Ladies 2nds 4
Bloss travelled to Warwick Uni with only 11 players and knew it would be a struggle. Within 10 minutes Bloss were down to 10 players which gave Warwick Uni the opportunity to go two goals up. Bloss tried to battle through injuries but Warwick managed to score another goal before half time.
Bloss fought valiantly in the second half with only 10 players and created a lot more chances but struggled to match the 11 players of Warwick. Bloss didn’t give up and the some great defending by Corinne Bonell earned her the well-deserved player of the match accolade.
Barlaston 5 Yardley 2
With both teams struggling at the wrong end of the table, Yardley hoped that they might be able to get something out of this game in the Warwick Printing Hockey League, West Midlands Division 1.
For some years now Yardley have found it very difficult to get any points from their travels to Barlaston. And so it continued last weekend.
Yardley hardly got into the game during the first half and the home side found it all too easy to build up a three goal lead by half time.
The second half proved a little different with the visitors raising their game somewhat. Although Barlaston scored two more goals Yardley did share the spoils during this second period. Gavin Hetherington scored from a short corner to reduce the arrears and Hasib Altaf scored Yardley’s second after good work by Junaid Ali.
Yardley will try again to get their first win when they entertain Evesham this week.