22nd May, 2019

Olton Ladies' unbeaten run comes to an end

Craig Gibbons 16th Nov, 2018

OLTON LADIES’ unbeaten run in Conference West came to an abrupt end as they suffered a 4-2 defeat away to Trojans.

Despite being light of two first-team regulars, Olton travelled down to the south coast full of confidence.

However, it was a frustrating day for the team as there were some strange umpiring decisions which unsettled Olton.

The game certainly didn’t go as planned and the visitors found themselves 1-0 down at half-time having fallen behind to a penalty corner in the 23rd minute.

Olton pulled level in the 39th minute from a good penalty corner strike from Sade Gilbert.

Parity only lasted for seven minutes before Trojans capitalised on a mistake in defence and re-took the lead with a goal from open play.

Seven minutes later Sally Walton fired in another penalty corner to draw Olton level again.

The status quo only lasted ten minutes as Trojans scored two goals in two minutes to take back the initiative and close out the game.

The only consolation for Olton was they retained second place in the league table.

There was better luck for the men’s team in Conference West who eased to a 5-1 victory over basement side Isca.

Despite a good start from Olton, it took them nine minutes before Pete Jackson fired them ahead with a trademark drag flick from a penalty corner.

Instead of that giving Olton the ascendancy, it seemed to galvanise the visitors who scored an equaliser in the 17th minute.

Olton gradually took back control and Steve Batten scored from open play two minutes from half-time.

A half-time score of 2-1 was increased within a minute of the restart when Batten scored his second goal of the game.

Tom Brammer made it 4-1 and by that point it was game over.

Twelve minutes later Batten completed his hat-trick in what was really a comfortable win for Olton.

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