Hockey: Nat Morse double inspires Yate to victory at Thornbury

West Women’s Hockey League

Berkeley Division One

Thornbury 1 Yate 2nds 3

THE first meeting between the sides for some time saw Yate grab the points through two late goals.

Yate started in confident fashion with Jeanette Seaville showing great experience with some well executed passes.

Thornbury, with Amanda Ponting and Katie Bridgeman to the fore, came more into the game but the visitors took a deserved lead through Nat Morse.

The Beurschgens sisters – Emma and Annie – were prominent for Thornbury and, along with Charlotte Fox, began to cause Yate a few problems.

Becky Jones and Elaine Dreyton were solid in the home defence with player of the match Jones making a number of timely interceptions.

Shelley Beurschgens and Rachael Gardener roamed effectively but the lack of a goal hungry forward meant that Thornbury were not able to score.

Jones made a number fast runs down the flanks but her crosses proved fruitless.

The home side started much better in the second half and deservedly equalised when Gardener hammered the ball home.

The home side pressured Yate into making some errors but they conceded two sloppy goals, a second from Morse and an own goal, in a four minute period to put the game out of reach.

Sophie Wilkins in goal made a couple of saves to deny the visitors.

Thornbury host Frys on Saturday at Castle School (midday) in a friendly and hope to play their postponed league game against Redland UWE the following week.

*Thornbury seconds beat Yate thirds 3-2 with goals from Elaine Arnold and Poppoy Woolnough (2) in Division Two.

Division Three

Badminton 1 Thornbury 3rds 0

A FAIRLY even game between two committed sides ended in a 1-0 victory for Badminton.

Angela Greenslade, Liz Jenkins and Jean Lester were an experienced trio in the Thornbury defence and denied the home side on a number of occasions whilst Sarah Brearley and Lorna Thornton, along with Claire Johnson and Ella Clark, created a number of pleasing passing moves.

Immy Woolnough, Ellie Morgan and Mikki Stanton were also to the fore for the losers.

Hannah Kemp was prominent in goal with a number of saves whilst Amy Morse contributed some nice touches.

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