Two late goals consign Solihull Blossomfield to a defeat at leaders Nottingham University - The Solihull Observer

Two late goals consign Solihull Blossomfield to a defeat at leaders Nottingham University

Solihull Editorial 21st Mar, 2017 Updated: 22nd Mar, 2017   0

HOCKEY: SOLIHULL Blossomfield Ladies were left devastated as they conceded two late goals and fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat away at league leaders Nottingham University Ladies.

The visitors were keen to put pressure on a talented and free-scoring Nottingham University side and they did just that right form the off by playing a counter-attacking style of cautious hockey.

It was Blossomfield who opened the scoring when a Kate Digby interception set up a chance for the speedy Sam Yarnold who finished into the top corner.

Blossomfield managed to score again before the break to hold a 2-0 lead when a quick break had the home defence scrambling back, and a penalty kick was clinically fired home by Denise Fountain.

A Nottingham University fightback was always on the cards in the second half and it duly came but not after more controlled defending at the start of the second period.

Nel Rodrigues in the Bloss goal set the tone with a number of fine saves and clearances but the hosts pulled one goal back through a controversial strike that the visitors felt should have been ruled out.

Nottingham increased the pressure as the game ticked towards the final five minutes and two quicks in as many minutes helped the leaders complete an impressive second half fightback.

A 3-2 defeat leaves Blossomfield tied third in the table and they lie three points behind second place with two games to go.

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