Hockey
Bret stay top of the tree for Christmas

By Liam Moakes Monday 03 December 2012 Updated: 04/12 13:07

Bretforton Ladies 4 Leominster Ladies 0

West Clubs Women's Hockey League North Division

BRET LADIES stamped their authority on the division on Saturday with an emphatic victory over the then second placed Leominster which gives them a four-point lead at the summit heading into the festive break.

The Pink Ladies showed their intent right from the very start as captain Kate Mitchell pushed forward from defence to put Leominster under pressure immediately.

The first goal came when Bret managed to get a pass through to Sarah Hall who, with a little help from the keeper, managed to lift the ball home.

Some brilliant defending from Sarah Cook denied a certain goal from a Leominster short corner and keeper Vicky Watkins made an important save to stop the visitors from equalising.

Things then got worse for the Herefordshire side when Julie Hall's reactions were quickest when the ball flew up in the air for her to deftly steer it into the back of the net.

If possible, Bret played even better in the second half. Player of the match Lisa Workman worked her socks off in midfield and the passing between Daisy Wheeler, Emma Lowe and Amy Trotman was, at times, quite fabulous and was getting the visitors massively frustrated.

It was 3-0 when a shot on goal from Sarah Hall was saved by the keeper, only for Hayley Whitehouse to get to the rebound quickest and lift the ball home sweetly.

Leominster were now shell-shocked and the telling statistic of the day must be that there was no shot on target from them in the second half.

Bret's defence had the visitors in their pocket as the rock-steady duo of Sue Headington and Karen Fynn kept them well out of the game.

The final goal was a well deserved solo effort as the unstoppable Sarah Hall found the space and time to send a shot fizzing into the goal from the side of the D.

The Vale girls really deserved this result against a very strong and technically good Leominster team.

The ladies would really like to thank everyone who supported them on Saturday, especially lucky Granny Bradley. Also thanks go to OHL Stationers for sponsoring the match ball.

The plonker of the match was Sarah 'Snooze' Hall.

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