By Liam Moakes 13/03 Updated: 13/03 09:42
IT WAS a weekend to remember for Bretforton Ladies who took maximum points from their two matches in the West Clubs Women's Hockey League North Division.
Having defeated visitors Wootton Bassett 1-0 on Saturday, Bret followed the success up with a 2-1 triumph at home to Jaspers in Sunday's rearranged encounter.
The wins lifted Bret into third place and they will be aiming to continue this momentum until the end of the season, starting with tomorrow's visit to Bristol University 2nds.
Wootton Bassett were the first visitors to the Vale and Bret won this gritty encounter 1-0 thanks to Sarah Hall's fine pass finding Deb Slatter unmarked in the D and she swept home the decisive goal.
The home side totally dominated this game and enjoyed somewhere near 80 per cent of the possession. Incisive forays by Liz Murray-White kept Bassett on their toes and Bret skipper Kate Mitchell orchestrated her side brilliantly from central defence to see her side to victory.
Both Murray-White and Mitchell were well deserved players of the match and Jon Spiers kindly sponsored the matchball.
Sunday's game was extremely tough as Jaspers are a very physical side and the two teams have been tied on points virtually all season thus far.
The Bristol side were also looking to exact revenge after Bret had beaten them at their home pitch.
Bret had their tails up though and were not in the mood to be bullied by their opposition. This showed when Lisa Workman started the move that brought the first goal as her shot on goal rebounded off the Jaspers keeper straight to Sophie Hamilton, whose silky pass found Sarah Hall who deftly flicked the ball up and over the helpless goalkeeper.
One thing you can rely on is that Jaspers will never give up the fight and this showed as they piled more pressure on the Bret defence.
A fortuitous pass found a Jaspers player who, although being tightly marked, still managed to slam home the equaliser from close range.
The game looked like being a stalemate in the second half as both teams pushed on but the Bristol girls had to get past the stoic Bret defence of Sarah Cook, Mitchell, Jane Wheeler and Murray-White which is no easy task.
Bret's forward momentum paid off when they were awarded a penalty corner and the ball was loose in the D but became available for Julie Hall to pounce on and pop the ball through the keeper's legs for the winning goal.
Bret's discipline and pure hard work saw them win this game and both victories were really well deserved.
The team would also like to thank everyone who came to support them at both games, especially their lucky Granny Bradley! The support helps the girls more than you can imagine so many thanks to you all.
Player of the weekend was Sarah Hall and plonker was Stuart Bearcroft.
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