BADSEY women played their first home friendly of the new hockey season in searing heat against Stourport thirds and came away with a 4-1 victory.
Missing some familiar faces for various reasons, Badsey took time to settle and allowed Stourport to dominate the early possession.
However, a combination of wayward finishing by the visitors and solid defence from the home side kept the match all square until a strong run into the circle by Kay Amphlett saw her open the scoring with a brilliant finish.
The rest of the half saw play swing from end-to-end but Badsey managed to go into the break still holding their slight advantage.
In the second-half, Badsey started much more positively with Sarah Rickey and Laura Moore combining well down the right to cause the Stourport defence numerous problems.
It wasn’t long before the pressure paid dividends when Rickey powered into the circle and slipped the ball back for Karen Robinson to find the net.
After a series of Stourport attacks, the speed and trickery of Badsey front players Robinson and Lynne Ellarby was always going to cause problems and they extended their lead when Robinson lost her marker and beat the goalkeeper with a smart shot.
Stourport’s persistence then paid off when they pulled a goal back which gave them encouragement and the Badsey defence had to be alert to prevent further goals with Fi Jordan and Nikki Wright putting in some strong tackles to clear the ball away.
The home side wrapped up their victory shortly before full-time when Rickey got her stick to a shot from Ellarby to deflect it home.
This weekend Badsey will take part in the annual Blockley tournament, followed by several more friendly fixtures prior to the resumption of league action.
- Badsey club have started training ahead of their Worcestershire League Division One campaign.
They meet at Evesham High School on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8.30pm and new players are welcome.
For further information, contact Karen Robinson on 07866 187921.