Bretforton Ladies 0 Gloucester Ladies 2nds 3
West Clubs Women’s Hockey League North Division
BRETFORTON Ladies were unable to build on their victory in their last outing as their high-flying visitors proved too strong on Saturday.
Faced with the wettest and windiest weather of the season so far, both teams needed to get into their stride as quickly as possible and it was Bretforton who had the early chances.
A long ball perfectly slipped between defenders by Lisa Workman through to Alice Cook looked to be the start Bretforton had been looking for, but the pace of the ball took it away from Cook’s stick and she was unable to manoeuvre the ball around the goalkeeper.
The first 20 minutes of the match were very much evenly matched, with both teams trying to take advantage of the wet pitch and loose balls, but it was Gloucester who opened the scoring with a scrappy effort.
Bretforton almost fell 2-0 behind shortly afterwards but Tessa Lewinton managed to clear a shot off the line.
However, it did become 2-0 in the second half when Gloucester took advantage of a rare defensive mistake from the home team.
The Pink Ladies worked hard to get themselves back into the game but, despite a few short corners and clear shots on goal, the home side were unable to make the most of their impressive breaks.
Hard work on the right side of the field kept up Bretforton’s momentum and they were unfortunate not to score after a ball was fired perfectly into the D by Julie Hall and a sweeping shot by Cook was saved by the Gloucester keeper.
Gloucester sealed victory with a third goal as they took advantage of a Bretforton side chasing the game and it was then a case of excellent agility from the Bretforton goalkeeper preventing further goals for the visitors.
Bretforton will be aiming to hit back and climb the table when they visit Blockley on Saturday.