Hockey
Bloss win to ease relegation fears

By Jamie Arrowsmith Tuesday 19 February 2013 Updated: 20/02 17:17

Solihull Blossomfield Ladies 6 Newark 4

Midlands Two

BLOSSOMFIELD picked up a vital and thrilling victory from Saturday's home clash with Newark as they continue their battle to beat the drop.

Newark took an early lead but Denise Fountain scored from a penalty flick to quickly wipe out their advantage.

Settled by their equaliser, Bloss were soon ahead thanks to goals from Jenny Parks and Amelia Thompson, only to be pegged back to 3-3 as the dramatic nature of the contest continued.

Newark then had a golden chance to go ahead again when awarded a penalty flick but Margot Griffiths made an excellent save to swing the momentum back in Bloss' favour once again.

The visitors then picked up a yellow card to be reduced to ten players and Bloss took full advantage with Julie Spence, Kate Digby and Becky James all netting to see their side home.

THE 2nds won 3-1 against Coventry City and University Ladies 1sts on Sunday to keep themselves out of the relegation places.

Claire Christian's penalty corner strike cancelled out an early Coventry goal and great determination from Bloss in the second half saw them go on to claim victory with Mel Lakin-Hall and Vicki Kearsey doing the damage.

HIGH-FLYING Market Drayton proved too strong for the Men's 1sts as they secured a 6-2 success.

Despite enjoying plenty of early possession, Bloss found themselves 3-0 down approaching half time but they did pull one back courtesy of Tom Bates.

Market Drayton struck three more times in the second half to lead 6-1 before a late rally led to Paul Russell grabbing a consolation.

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