SOLIHULL Blossomfield were kept busy last weekend, after five of their sides were in action.
There were wins for Blossomfield ladies’ first and second string sides, although their third string and the men’s first and second teams all lost out.
Blossomfield men’s first team narrowly lost out to Barford Tigers 2’s 1-0, losing them momentum in their title charge.
Ed Thompson kept Bloss level with a number of important stops, whilst Tom Bates squandered Solihull’s best chance to go ahead when being forced out wide by the Barford keeper in a promising position.
A deflected strike flew into the roof of the net in the second-half, whilst Bloss’ fortunes were made worse when two injuries sent them down to ten men in the middle of the half.
The ladies first team had better fortunes in beating Burton Ladies 1’s though – running out 2-1 winners.
Hosts Bloss extended their lead in second place over the third placed visitors, Vicki Shuter drifting home on a rebound from a short corner, followed by a goal from a similar set-piece courtesy of Laura Dickson.
Burton relented and kept Nel Rodrigues busy in goal for Solihull, but eventually broke through in the final five minutes – but too late to stop Bloss from taking the points.
The men’s second string narrowly lost out to Yardley 1’s 2-1 at the weekend after a scoreless opening half.
Visitors Yardley took an early lead after the break with just their second attempt of the game, deflecting a strike home from a short corner.
Blossomfield responded with a wave of attacks but could not break through until Paul Russell’s equaliser.
Gunning for a winning goal, they were cruely counter-attacked in the dying seconds of the game to lose the enthralling contest.
A straightforward 3-0 victory for Bloss ladies second team over Shipston Ladies 1’s came thanks to an Alisha Lewis strike and a Hannah Shoreson brace in a game which was dominated by the hosts.
In the final game of the weekend for the club, Blossomfield ladies third string lost 4-2 epic to Warwick Ladies 3’s.
Warwick struck with a quick-fire double going into the break, but Sian Musgreave-Spiby pulled one back for hosts Solihull.
Another double salvo from the visitors threw Bloss off-track though despite their determined attacking play, but could at least narrow the deficit thanks to Musgreave-Spiby second of the game in the dying moments.