West Women’s Hockey League Berkeley Division One: Thornbury 8 Avonmouth 0

Hockey: Barnett inspires Thornbury to huge win over Avonmouth

Becky Jones in action for Thornbury against Avonmouth GMW82H13

Lizzie McManaman in action for Thornbury against Avonmouth GMW83H13

Vicky Ball in action for Thornbury against Avonmouth GMW84H13

First published in Thornbury Sport

ZOE BARNETT hit four goals as Thornbury crushed Avonmouth.

The hosts opened the scoring in the first minute when Zoe Barnett scored from a narrow angle.

The visitors were under constant pressure from the home side but on a couple of occasions stretched the home defence and might have scored but for some fine goalkeeping from Sophie Wilkins.

The home keeper made one superb save on the stroke of half time when she dived and guided a goal bound shot over the bar.

Barnett and Vicky Ball increased the lead to 3-0 before half time.

The second half was virtually all Thornbury with Barnett grabbing a further two to end with four and others coming from Shelley Beurschgens, who deftly guided home an Amanda Ponting cross, Sian Fuller and Charlotte Fox.

Elaine Dreyton, Becky Jones and Elaine Arnold, apart from a couple of moments in the first half, were able to concentrate on moving forward in support of the forwards whilst Rachael Gardener and Lizzie McManaman roamed effectively in midfield.

Thornbury visit Stroud on Saturday hoping to continue their current goalscoring form.

Division Two: Thornbury 2nd 1 Redland 3rds 1

HIGH-FLYING Thornbury continued their push for promotion with a well-deserved draw against Redland.

Despite lacking a few regulars but Alex Arnold’s side battled hard and survived three Redland penalty corners in the dying minutes.

The Thornbury goal was scored by the dependable Tracey Jones to earn a point.

The next game is on Saturday at home against Westberries fourths at Castle School, 12pm.

Thornbury thirds’ match at North Wilts in Swindon was postponed because of snow so their next match is against Avonmouth seconds at Henbury on Saturday.

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