Hockey
Pink Ladies are buoyant in Bristol

By Liam Moakes Monday 04 February 2013 Updated: 05/02 10:21

BAC Ladies 1 Bretforton Ladies 4

West Clubs Women's Hockey League North Division

THE CONFIDENCE running through the camp was evident for all to see as leaders Bretforton Ladies cemented their four-point cushion over second placed Jaspers with a highly impressive win against tough Bristol opposition on Saturday.

The visitors did not settle immediately into their stride and in the opening 15 minutes BAC enjoyed good spells of possession, but the Pink Ladies still created chances which were fired narrowly wide by strikers Deb Slatter and Sarah Hall.

Bret then upped their game and it was not long before they made the breakthrough as player of the match Liz Murray-White rode several tackles before squaring the ball to Julie Hall who slotted home.

Bretforton continued to squander numerous chances as a couple of well worked short corner routines had everything except the final product.

Despite BAC's limited possession they looked threatening when they came forward but Bretforton's strong defence managed to keep them at bay, with Kate Mitchell and Sue Headington making crucial interventions to stop their attacks.

The visitors made a bright start to the second half as they enjoyed plenty of possession and chances were created, but they went begging for a while until great work between Lisa Workman and Hayley Whitehouse saw the latter blast the ball high into the net from close range.

It was not long before BAC took advantage of some slack defending to cut their deficit in half with a close range finish, but this seemed to spur the Pink Ladies into overdrive as they hit top form.

A trademark finish from Workman as she calmly slotted the ball home from the top of the D gave the visitors a 3-1 lead and Whitehouse then provided a touch of class when her flick over the keeper from the narrowest of angles found its way in.

There was still time for a couple more short corners but again the chances went begging, but 15 goals scored and just two conceded in their last four league games gives Bret plenty to smile about.

Bretforton travel to seventh placed Cheltenham CS on Saturday when they will be looking to make it six league wins on the bounce.

Saturday's match ball was kindly sponsored by John Mould. You can follow Bretforton on twitter @BretHockey.

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