26th Apr, 2019

Solihull Blossomfield in bloom in latest round of hockey action

Ben Tyler 5th Feb, 2019 Updated: 5th Feb, 2019

SOLIHULL Blossomfield had a largely successful weekend across the board, as the men’s second and ladies’ first teams recorded victories.

The men’s second string edged a tight affair 3-2 against Droitwich 2’s as they steer further clear from relegation trouble.

Paul Russell got Blossomfield off to a flier when lashing high into the net from the top of the D, but were pegged back when a short corner brought Droitwich level.

The visitors then went in front before the break from another short corner, but Ali Christian kept Solihull alive midway through the second-half, picking up possession before driving a shot into the bottom corner.

Bloss’ pressure on Droitwich’s goal continued, and it would pay dividends when Chris Lane struck home from a corner to give his side a last gasp win.

Blossomfield ladies first team had a more straightforward task when beating Shrewsbury Ladies 1’s 2-0, thanks to Sam Yarnold and Amelia Thompson strikes.

The ladies were proficient when attacking down the flanks, and built on that early pressure when Yarnold deflected Becky Hodgson’s shot into the back of the net from the top of the area.

Solihull continued to drive forward and would get their just rewards when Thompson steered home the second after linking up well with Becky Craig.

Nel Rodrigues produced a diving safe at the back post to deny Shrewsbury a route back into the game before the break, but would come out as the better side with Blossomfield under constant pressure.

Despite keeping Rodrigues busy, the Solihull defence held firm to see out the win – Rodrigues and Yarnold sharing player of the match for their display’s.

Blossomfield ladies’ O35 masters were not quite so fortunate as they fell to Leamington O35 masters 3-2 in the ladies Master’s cup.

Leamington were the first to strike in an end-to-end contest, but would be halted by Bloss leveller from Kat Vaughan, who swept the ball away after latching onto Alisha Lewis’ pass.

The visitors then went ahead once more before the break, despite Jane Rice performing heroics in goal.

Lou Davis struck a stunning solo effort to bring the scores back to 2-2, and with both sides gunning for a winner, it was Leamington who snuck the win late on to progress to the next round.

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