HOCKEY: SOLIHULL Blossomfield ladies remain third in the league table after coming away from North Stafford with a hard-fought 2-1 victory.
The first half saw a dominant Bloss side take a two-goal lead into the first half with the first goal of the match coming through Amelia Thompson.
Emily Terrazas-Cruz unleashed a decisive pass into Thompson’s path and the Solihull player made no mistake in front of goal.
The visitors bagged a second soon after when a series of short corner routines led to Anna Hunt doubling Solihull’s lead.
The second half saw Bloss lose their discipline and structure, and despite creating a number of chances they were unable to convert.
North Staffs stayed in the game and were threatening on the counter attack with the hosts converting a chance through a turnover ball in midfield which saw the Bloss keeper beaten at an acute angle.
It set up a tense finale but the visitors were able to hold out for a narrow win.
Elsewhere, Blossomfield Badgers went two-goals down to draw 3-3 away at Finchfield Badgers.
The game started with both teams evenly matched and enjoying good possession while attacking with good pace.
The deadlock was broken by Finchfield just before half time with a goal that appeared to come off the attacker’s foot and straight after the break they doubled their advantage.
Bloss then came alive and a run from Cameron Mowat brought the ball forward before playing a ball to David Evans who finished brilliantly at the keeper’s near post.
Mowat then collected the ball again and played it into Hannah Shoreson, who slotted the ball home to bring Bloss level.
The visitors then completed their comeback by taking the lead for the first time in the match but the match was decided at the end as Finchfield took advantage of a defensive error at a short corner to finish off a brilliant game.