BRETFORTON boosted their West Clubs Women's Hockey League Premier Division '2A' campaign with a fine 3-0 win at City of Bath.
They are now two points clear in second spot after keeper Vicky Watkins and her defence proved defiant while Bret adjusted to a bouncy pitch.
The visitors started to find form with Hayley Whitehouse proving dangerous and she weaved through the defence to score the first goal.
Bath hit back on the counter-attack but were denied by the solid defending of Heather Carr, who made a superb goal-line stop and clearance.
Julie Hall made strong challenges and distributed well, Lisa Workman was tenacious and disciplined and Emma Lowe linked up well to work the ball past the persistent opposition.
Teri Brown and Tess Lewinton continued to put Bath under pressure.
Bret began the second-half with renewed vigour as Workman's shot was well saved and Brown buried the rebound.
Daisy Wheeler also ensured the clean sheet before Sarah Hall, who played valiantly through injury, found the goal with a trademark sweeping shot. Julie Hall and Carr were joint players-of-the-match.
Bret host bottom-of-the-table Cirencester on Saturday.