West Women’s Hockey League Berkeley Division One: Wotton-under-Edge 3 Thornbury 1
9:41am Friday 18th October 2013 in Sport
HAVING previously played at The Castle School, Wotton made the most having home advantage against Thornbury for the first time by winning an entertaining encounter at Katharine Lady Berkeley’s School.
Wotton opened the game, but were immediately under pressure as Thornbury's skilful forwards pressed the home team.
However, early in the first-half, Emma Chalmers impressively intercepted a Thornbury ball, made a strong run up the right hand side of the pitch and her powerful cross somehow crept inside the post.
Shortly after, the younger Chalmers, Beccy, struck the ball hard and fast, again touched by a Thornbury player and was deflecting past the keeper Sophie Wilkins.
Thornbury gradually regrouped but some poor decision making from short corners allowed the home side to clear.
Katie Bridgeman gave a polished display for Thornbury, who were also well served by skipper Mandy McGarry.
The promising Thornbury Beurschgens sisters - Emma and Annie - also contributed some pleasing touches, along with Charlotte Fox, who was denied on a couple of occasions by good saves from the home keeper.
Zoe Barnett reduced the deficit with a well taken goal but Wotton regained their two goal cushion when Jasmin George hammered home following a short corner.
Wotton will be heartened by the true team effort that won this game, and some memorable play from player of the match, Anna Patteson, will give them confidence next week against Dursley.
Thornbury host Westberries thirds on Saturday at Castle School (12pm) whilst Thornbury thirds entertain Wick seconds at 10.30am, hoping to return to winning ways following a heavy 7-0 loss at Avonmouth seconds.
Thornbury seconds, who lost 3-1 against Avonmouth, visit South Gloucestershire in their next match.
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