SOLIHULL Blossomfield Hockey Club made an excellent start to the season on Saturday with all three of their ladies’ sides tasting success.
The first team travelled to Harborne with new coach Alex Hill at the helm in was a a late push back in their last friendly before the start of the league season.
The visitors started hesitantly, slowly building pressure and scored first against the run of play from an excellently worked goal which started in defence and was clinically finished by Denise Fountain.
Bloss grew in confidence and were unlucky to concede a stunning strike at an acute angle from Harborne just before half time.
The second half was more balanced and Bloss generated a number of chances. A second goal was taken by neat intricate passing through midfield, with Lou Davis making ground and passing to Ellen Bleumer who confidently found the back of the net. Bloss were delighted to come away 2-1 winners on a successful day for all 3 Solihull Blossomfield ladies teams.
The second team hosted Hampton Ladies’ first team in what was an evenly contested league opener but Hampton struggled to cope with the pace that Solihull moved the ball from the defence to the forwards, with this being helped by the amount of time given to Fiona Chamberlain in defence.
One such transfer of play led to a superb cross in the attacking D which was converted by Sara Webber for the only goal. In the second half, Hampton attempted to get back into the game but were thwarted on every attempt by Man of the Match Kaz Bullard in goal.
The third team launched their league season with an impressive 5-0 win at home against Coventry and North Warwickshire’s second team.
After a period of intensive pressure, man of the match Ellis Harrison opened the scoring when she followed up her own shot to slot the ball past the Coventry goalkeeper.
Liz Clarke and Katie Aitchinson then scored shortly after, to bring the half-time score to 3 – 0.
The second half saw Blossomfield maintain their attacking pressure, which was rewarded by another two goals by Liz Clarke and Becky Shoreson.
Elsewhere, Olton Ladies’ first team claimed a 2-1 victory at Trojans in the Investec National League Conference West.
In what was their second game of the season, Olton travelled without a number of key members of the squad including player-coach Kerry Thompson-Moore, who had been involved in a traffic accident.
Trojans started strongly with Olton going one goal down early in the first half. However the team recovered their composure with Mandy Gatherer scoring the equaliser with the last touch of the first half.
The second half continued as an even contest but Olton broke the deadlock when Kat Berns set up Mandy Gatherer for her second goal of the match.
Next Saturday Olton host Stourport at Grange Road at 12.