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Tenbury Ladies 3 – Harbourne Ladies 2

This was another outstanding win for Tenbury against one of the strongest sides in the league. Tenbury again played with superb fluency in the first half. Sarah Nightingale opened the account with a powerful shot following a flowing series of passes in the midfield. Harbourne counter-attacked and came close to scoring but Tina Bickley increased the lead with a well taken goal. Just before half time Rachel Croxton scored from a penalty when a defender stopped the goal bound ball with her foot. However, there were major setbacks early in the second half, when Harbourne reduced arrears with two goals in five minutes. Abi Thomas, who had come close to scoring with a shot then hit the post. She then unfortunately sustained a knee injury and took no further part in the match. However the defence, although under great threat from the Harbourne attack for the last 20 minutes, held out. Jessica Preece played a strong game and Michele Petrie was outstanding. Tenbury are now second in the league.

Bromsgrove Ladies 2 – Tenbury Ladies 1

Tenbury Ladies had their first league set back for several matches when they went down to a well organised and efficient Bromsgrove side. Sarah Nightingale opened the scoring for Tenbury after ten minutes with another wonderful individual effort in which she weaved her way through six of the opposition before cracking the ball into the back of the net. She made other effective runs throughout the match< but was always thwarted by the Bromsgrove keeper who was on fine form. The home side began to take control of the final minutes of the first half and equalised with a powerfully struck short corned and then took the lead just before the interval follow a goal-mouth scramble.

In the second half, Tenbury came close to levelling the score on several occasions as Nikki Edwards and Amy Euen worked effectively to open the opposition defence but without success. Unfortunately, none of the short corners awarded, all powerfully struck by Oli Linton found the back of the net. Bromsgrove showed tremendous determination to hold on to their lead, despite the threats posed by Vicky Riley who again controlled the midfield and ensured that Tenbury continued to play flowing hockey. Bromsgrove withstood the pressure of the final ten minutes, with strong defensive play, to take all the points in a thrilling match halting Tenbury’s climb up the table.

Worcester Ladies 2 – Tenbury Ladies 2

Tenbury fought back twice to achieve a draw against a very well organised Worcester team at Nunnery Wood. It was perhaps the best performance by Tenbury this season, fighting back to draw the match. Worcester opened the scoring midway through the first half when the ball was centred and deflected in the net. The game flowed from end to end with Tenbury coming close to equalising when Oli Linto hit a post with a powerful shot. Vicky Riley and Sarah Nightingale opened the opposition defence with some exceptionally skilful runs. Emma Hillhouse too showed great experience in pressuring the central defender. The passing and tackling of both sides was outstanding but the Tenbury defence held firm with Kailee Hurdiss making several cracking saves to keep her side in the game.

At half time, Worcester continued to hold the lead and pressed hard after the break but were unable to convert any of five consecutive short corners. Tenbury counter attacked and put the Worcester defence under pressure. Right back Jo Turvey, a deserved Player of the Match, showed beautiful balance and exceptional stick work to drive through. There were a series of pinpoint passes from which Tina Bickley scored the equalising goal, cleverly steering the ball past the keeper. Worcester responded, at last scoring their second goal from one of their nine short corners. Kailee again produced some brilliant saves to hold the deficit to one goal. With time running out Tenbury made
one final attack. Rachel Croxton cut her way through the Worcester defence and into the circle, retaining the ball with inspired skill and determination. An infringement led to a short corner that was saved by the Worcester keeper who fell on the ball. Abi Thomas, returning from a serious knee injury showed great