SOLIHULL Blossomfield Men’s 1sts hosted Barford Tigers in an eagerly awaited top-of-the-table clash with both teams enjoying a blemish free start to this season’s campaign.
The first half began with both teams finding good passages of play and a way upon which to exert their style and pace in the match.
Early exchanges saw chances at both ends but as half time approached it was the home team who found the break through, with Luke Hawthorn machining a goal from a chance cross into the attacking circle sending Bloss into the break with a one-goal lead.
The second half exploded into action very early on and it was Solihull who emerged from the break as the more energised and determined team, striking early on with a flurry of goals which saw them stretch their lead to four clear goals and certain victory in this decisive fixture.
Al Stilling made the most of a number of good opportunities to bag a hat-trick of goals with additional scores coming from Sam Lloyd and Luke Hawthorn once more.
A consolation goal for Barford did little to appease the visitor’s anguish.
Blossomfield Men’s 2nds faced Yardley in a close encounter which saw the local rivals sneak a 1-0 win.
Yardley started the game well, producing several chances, with Darren Mansell making several good saves to keep them out.
Bloss managed to work their way back into the game, with both Logan Robertson and Owen Mansell going close.
Yardley then began a sudden counter attack, with the ball being squared across goal for a simple tap in.
Bloss took over for the rest of the half but were unable to find a way through.
Bloss continued their dominance into the second half, but Yardley sat back in order to keep them out.
Solihull had several chances but were unable to take advantage of them but the final whistle came too early for them, leaving Yardley with an arguably undeserved three points.
Meanwhile, Blossomfield Badgers travelled to play a strong Bourneville Badgers.
Blossomfield started slowly and were soon under pressure.
However, they defended well and were able to keep the opposition at bay helped by good saves from Logan Robertson in goal.
Blossomfield were able to create a few breaks and they were able to force a penalty corner with the last move of the half.
Harry Mowat’s shot was blocked but Ben Grizzell followed up to score and allow a slightly undeserved 1-0 lead.
However, the second half followed a similar pattern and despite man of the match Curtis Breillant’s heroic tackling Bourneville equalized and then scored the winner late in the second half.