REDDITCH Ladies sit top of Worcestershire League Division One with five wins from as many matches after triumphing 4-1 at home to Evesham & Badsey Ladies on Saturday.
The visitors took an early lead but the hosts roared back and Anna Stafford was eventually awarded a penalty flick which sealed Redditch’s first goal, leaving the half time score at 1-1.
The visitors got physical in the second half and one of their players was yellow-carded for foul play, leaving a key Redditch player on the sidelines.
However, the hosts were not to be denied and Ruth Waite and Demi Drysdale struck to make it 3-1 before Jo Williams made the most of a short corner and deflected the ball past the keeper to complete the scoring.
Redditch now head to Stourport 3rds on Saturday looking to maintain their fine form.
REDDITCH Ladies 2nds suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to Worcester Ladies 4ths in Worcestershire League Division Three.
With debutant Sam Mansell in goal, the visitors edged ahead with an early goal, but the home team stepped up their game with some excellent passing from Fran Evans and Kayleigh Young and Redditch equalised with a goal from Demi Drysdale, leaving the match 1-1 at half time.
However, the visitors took command in the second half and scored three more times to seal victory.
Saturday brings a trip to Bromsgrove Ladies 4ths.
REDDITCH Badgers were not short of effort but fell to a 3-0 defeat at Evesham.
Captained by Ben Cattell, Redditch had their moments, and Harry Williams, Ben Tominski, Harrison Knight and Cattell all looked dangerous.
The Badgers visit Coventry this Saturday for a 2pm game.
IT WAS a Saturday to forget for the Redditch Hockey Club men’s teams.
The first team suffered an 8-1 thumping at the hands of visitors Market Drayton as, despite starting the game positively, the hosts’ heads dropped after conceding a couple of goals.
Redditch trailed 4-0 at half time and their only consolation in the second half came when neat play by Pete Dawson saw him feed Richard Sellors who set up a first time shot for Dan Waite to fire home.
Redditch will hope for a better performance in the West Midlands Premier Division on Saturday when they visit Sikh Union of Coventry.
There was no match for Redditch 2nds, but the 3rds’ unbeaten start to the West Midlands Division One season came to an end after a 2-1 defeat at home to Solihull Blossomfield.
Redditch started the game strongly and good attacking play combined with precision passing led to a series of chances, however the forwards were unable to convert.
The pressure began to build on Blossomfield until they broke forward on a swift counter-attack which led to a penalty corner which was converted from a narrow angle to give the visitors the lead against the run of play.
Redditch continued to apply pressure either side of half time but a series of chances went begging despite fine link-up play from Will Moss, Connor Adams and George Haslam.
A second goal on the break doubled the visitors’ lead, but Brad Bush and Wayne Beard played well for the hosts and they gave themselves hope ten minutes from time when Dave Apperly strode forward from defence and fired a ball into the D and it was expertly deflected home by Dave Pilkington from the edge of the area.
However, try as they might, the hosts could not find an equaliser and they will look to bounce back at home to Leamington on Saturday.