Canterbury Ladies 4 - 0 Olton Ladies
OLTON began the game well but were dealt a sucker punch when Jen Wilson snapped up a loose ball on nine minutes to give the home team the lead.
Olton’s best chance of the half came when Holly Chipman’s acrobatic attempt to get onto a fierce cross from Rachel Walker saw the ball go high over the net. On 29 minutes, Canterbury converted again through some clever work by Mel Clewlow off a short corner to give the home team a 2-0 lead at half time.
The second half was much the same as the first, in that despite some nice hockey, Olton were unable to breach the Canterbury defence.
Canterbury scored two more on 42 and 57 minutes through Natasha Brennan and Kathleen Taylor.
West Midlands Division 1
Old Sils 1- 1 Wednesbury
NICK Greaves and Jamie Clapham controlled the game in the middle of the pitch and the Sils were soon passing well early in the first half.
However a very defensive Wednesbury side sat deep and the Sils found it hard to break them.
Wednesbury caught Sils on the counter attack as the second half got underway, a miss-hit cross creeping over the line, against the run of play.
This seemed to spur the Sils on and after a series of short corners Mike Thorpe dragged the ball into the roof of the net.
Further chances fell for the Sils but the hosts just could not find a way past the visitor’s keeper.
In the National Mixed Cup, Old Sils beat Derby 1-0 away after extra time.
West Midlands Division 2
Yardley 4 - 3 Oswestry
Oswestry made their early superiority count when they took the lead with a soft goal. This stung Yardley into action and they equalised after good work by Ismail Mutlib, who set up Luke Menzel for a simple tap-in. Oswestry were always looking dangerous on the break and when a right-wing attack was again poorly defended, they edged in front. Yardley equalised again just before half time through Rob McGuigan.
Yardley started the second period pushing on and their pressure paid off when Andy Elves’s shot from the edge of the D found its way into the corner of the goal.
Oswestry levelled but another determined attack by Menzel led to leading scorer Mutlib grabbing the winner.