SOLIHULL Blossomfield Ladies were unlucky to not achieve maximum points in their last league game before Christmas after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Worcester Ladies.
Despite an early start, the cold temperatures did not thwart the pace of the game and the hosts started sprightly moving the ball at pace across the whole pitch.
Early pressure was exerted through wide penetration and a number of short corners routines, but Bloss failed to convert.
Against the run of play Worcester scored through open play and the momentum shifted.
But Bloss equalised before half time through some superbly skilful play by Sarah Rickey, beating a strong Worcester defence and playing around the keeper to score from an acute angle.
Bloss were unable to recreate that magic in the second half despite dominating possession with Worcester’s defence standing strong and the final score remained 1-1.
Sarah Rickey was awarded player of the match and now Bloss go into the winter break in fourth place in Midlands League Division 2, with a game in hand over the second and third-placed sides.
There was to be better news for the ladies’ second team who came away from Coventry and North Warwickshire Ladies with a comfortable 4-1 win.
It proved to be an excellent win in the pouring rain on Saturday which takes Bloss up to sixth in the table.
The visitors controlled most of the fist half and went ahead after Becky Craig struck home.
The Coventry girls managed an equaliser before half time, and this set up the excellent second half from Bloss.
A double from players of the Match Sam Yarnold saw the visitors extend their lead before a penalty flick was confidently converted by captain Fiona Chamberlain. In the end 4-1 was a fair result for the Bloss girls.