By Liam Moakes Wednesday 09 October 2013 Updated: 14/10 10:38
Tenbury Ladies 2 Badsey Ladies 1
Worcestershire League Division One
BADSEY Ladies struggled to find any cohesion in their return fixture against Tenbury as they made the long trip to Leominster on Saturday and came away without any reward.
On a sandy pitch more suited to buckets and spades than hockey, they found it difficult to get any rhythm into their game and allowed Tenbury to take an early lead through a defensive mix-up.
After this Badsey did have most of the play for the rest of the first half as strong defending from Rachel Sadler, Fi Jordan and Karen Moore provided Kay Amphlett, Laura Moore and Vicky Pomeroy with the platform to gain control of the midfield areas and distribute the ball well.
However, the forwards could not take advantage until Karen Robinson made one of her trademark forays forward and beat the home keeper with a tremendous shot.
The Vale girls then upped the pressure to try and find a second goal but good defending from the home side kept them at bay.
In the second half Badsey had to reshuffle their team as they lost the midfield presence of Amphlett due to injury and, with Moore also carrying a knock, this allowed Tenbury to get a foothold back in the game.
The hosts pressed home this advantage and, despite further great defensive work by Rachel Curtis, Lynne Ellarby and the rest of the defence, Tenbury managed to score the winning goal midway through the half.
Badsey refused to give up and again had more of the ball in the closing stages but could not find the net.
Ellarby and Pomeroy were named joint players of the match, however all 12 players put in some great work over the course of the game.
Badsey would like to thank umpire Graham Shenton for making the trip with them.
On Saturday Badsey travel to Redditch to take on Bromsgrove at Trinity High School, with the push back at 11.30am.
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