HOCKEY: SOLIHULL Blossomfield Ladies claimed maximum points as they beat Kettering and Boots in what was a busy weekend of action in the Midland League Division Two.
The weekend started with a tough away fixture at Kettering – a team known for conceding very few goals at home this season.
The visitors started strongly in the sunshine and enjoyed long periods of good possession and movement but they were unable to break down a resolute Kettering defence.
Bloss changed tactically at half-time and this proved successful with the decisive goal coming from a well worked short corner routine that came out to Carianne Robertson who found the angle to sweep the ball past the Kettering keeper.
Kettering pressed in search of an equaliser with Nel Rodrigues pulling off a fine save from a penalty flick late on as Bloss snatched a 1-0 win.
Just 24 hours later Bloss were in action again at home to Boots for a match that was re-scheduled from three weeks ago and there was to be no hangover from Saturday’s game.
The hosts put on a show of attacking hockey and were in front when Alisha Lewis found the back of the next from a clever short corner routine.
The intensity and focus continued in the second half and Bloss again got on the scoresheet again when Nicky Horton set up Louise Davis who swept the ball home past the Boots keeper.
A blip in concentration allowed the visitors to pull one back, but Bloss never looked shaken and eased to a 2-1 victory which keeps them third in the table, three points behind second spot with four games to go.
Solihull Blossomfield Badgers were also in action at the weekend after draw 1-1 at home to Finchfield.
Keeper Logan Robertson kept the visitors at bay while at the other end there was to be no breakthrough as both sides went in goalless at half-time.
After the break Bloss started the stronger of the two sides and they scored the opener through Cameron Mowat who finished neatly into the bottom corner of the net.
Finchfield were not finished however, and a goal from an impressive counter attack got them back into it although neither side could find a winner.