HOCKEY: DENISE Fountain scored a hat-trick as Solihull Blossomfield Ladies’ Over-35s progressed into the second round of the Masters Shield with ease thanks to a 6-1 home victory over Newark.
Fountain put in an outstanding performance and scored her first goal of the game with just five minutes on the clock when she converted a Kate Digby cross.
Sara Webber scored Bloss’s second with a thundering strike from the top of the D and Fountain bagged her second after being put clean through on goal.
Bloss managed to score again through Anna Hunt to hold a comfortable four-goal lead at the midway point.
A delightful passing move involving Julie Spence, Fountain and Sara Webber ended with Alisha Lewis scoring a fifth shortly after the break.
Newark never dropped their heads and managed to score a consolation before Fountain finished off a virtuoso performance by picking up the ball on the half way line, interchanging with Kate Digby and eventually lobbing the keeper from close range
Bloss will be hoping to take this performance into the second round of the Shield in February.
Elsewhere in the ladies section, Blossomfield’s second team drew 2-2 against Belper Ladies with Anna Hunt scoring twice.
And a second hat-trick of the afternoon, this time for Cameron Mowat, helped Solihull Blossomfield Badgers beat Kingswinford 3-1.
Bloss started off the stronger of the two sides and created a number of early chances, but Kingswinford had chances too and the hosts had Logan Robertson to thanks after he pulled of a series of excellent saves.
Half way through the first half Kingswinford broke the deadlock with a well taken goal to give them the lead at the half time break.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first with the visitors creating chance after chance but Blossomfield exploded into life and a sublime short corner involving half of the team saw Mowat crash the ball past the advancing keeper to level the game.
With a new found confidence Blossomfield drove forward in waves and started a brilliant counter attack which resulted in a penalty corner and Mowat bagged his second with a decisive strike.
With Kingswinford now having to attack the game was finally put beyond doubt when Mowat sealed his hat trick through a calmly taken penalty flick to sum up an excellent performance from the Blossomfield Badgers.