Hockey: Thornbury beaten by sizzling Firebrands

Gazette Series: Amanda McGarry in action for Thornbury against Firebrands (3518392) Amanda McGarry in action for Thornbury against Firebrands (3518392)

West Women's Hockey League

Berkeley Division One

Thornbury 1 Firebrands 3rds 4

THORNBURY contributed much to this game but had to concede defeat to the high-flying visitors, who were quicker in thought and execution.

Amanda McGarry and Katie Bridgeman were prominent for the home side with the latter unlucky not to score when her powerful strike shaved the outside of the post.

Shelley Beurschgens, Becky Jones and Elaine Arnold were effective for Thornbury whilst the quicker runs involving Charlotte Fox, Annie Beurschgens and Emma Beurschgens caused Firebrands some problems.

Sian Fuller and goalscorer Vicky Ball were also prominent for Thornbury, whilst Elaine Dreyton was her usual efficient self at the back.

Keeper Sophie Wilkins contributed a number of good saves as well entertaining the spectators when she did a backward roll whilst fetching the ball from the pitch to the side of her net.

Thornbury visit Old Bristolians thirds on Saturday for a 9.30am start at Gordano School.

Division Three

Thornbury 3rds 3 North Wilts 2nds 0

SARAH BREALEY was in fine form for Thornbury, contributing a number of fine touches in a convincing win.

Ella Clark and Mikki Staton combined well for Thornbury with promising Immy Woolnough also showing some nice touches.

Claire Johnson, Lauren Upham and Rachael Underwood contributed their usual highly committed displays and Underwood returned to goalscoring form when bagging her side's third just before half-time.

Lorna Thornton grabbed her usual brace to give Thornbury the lead and Hannah Kemp in goal dealt effectively with the isolated visiting attacks.

Helen Gardener, Jean Lester and Anna Morse also contributed to a fine team effort.

Wotton-under-Edge seconds provide the next opposition at KLB School on Saturday (10.30am).

* Thornbury seconds found the young Clifton fourths in fine form and went down 4-0.

Bethan Brown's side have another tough game on Saturday when the combative BAC seconds visit Castle School (midday).

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