Hockey: Wotton hit Dursley for six
9:46am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Gloucestershire Sport
West Womens Hockey League
Berkeley Division One
Dursley 0 Wotton-under-Edge 6
THIS was, in theory, Dursley’s home fixture as they also play their fixtures at New Road but the psychological challenge of taking on Wotton on home turf was too much for them.
The first ten minutes were evenly contested with penalty corners at each end but a simple stop and crash shot at the third from Beccy Chalmers put the nominal visitors ahead.
Further Wotton pressure and a perfect piece of positional work from player of the match Heather Reid increased the lead and Jasmin George closed the half launching an unstoppable ball into the top right hand corner of the net.
Dursley showed some resistance at the beginning of the second half and held on for 20 minutes.
Emma Chalmers made it 4-0 from a penalty corner and Reid was only denied on a couple more occasions by inspirational work by the Dursley keeper. Sharron Bates blasted in the fifth at a short corner and increased her tally with an audacious waist-high volley in the closing minutes.
Wotton retain top spot in their own right as closest rivals Yate and Firebrands played out a draw.
Wotton-under-Edge 2nds 5 North Wilts 2nds 1
WOTTON deservedly secured their first league points of the season by coming from a goal down to crush North Wilts with a hat trick from vice captain Victoria Murray-Davey.
Wotton went out with a positive attitude and determination to win.
North Wilts took an early advantage scoring from open play but Wotton stayed positive.
Midway through the first half with driving midfield attacks Murray-Davey hit the back board bringing, the scores level.
Wotton's defence of Ming Green, Corina Whitear and new recruit Judy Collins broke down North Wilts attacks, fielding the ball up the wings to Ellie Stimpson and Lucy Culpepper injecting into the D.
Jess Fisher took a deflection from one of these attacks giving Wotton a 2-1 lead.
Ellie Mcallister, Katy Cruickshank and Corinne Gibson drove the play forward giving Murray-Davey the opportunity to crash home her second.
Guest goalie Charlie Waite's superbly executed dive stopped North Wilts in their tracks.
Cessy Tyne executed some strong drives forward giving Murray-Davey the opportunity to complete her hat-trick.
Wotton never gave up and Lauren Leyland smashed the ball home, making it 5-1.
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