Bretforton in winning start to new season

First published in Sport

BRETFORTON ladies got their West Clubs League North Division campaign off to a flying start with a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Wootton Bassett.

A full-strength Bretforton side started brightly and it wasn’t long before midfielder Hayley Whitehouse, returning to the side after a season out, hit the crossbar from a tight angle.

The deadlock was broken when Whitehouse’s excellent run saw her go one-on-one with the keeper and the visiting player calmly slotted the ball into the goal.

Bretforton overcame a period of pressure from the hosts with goalkeeper Vicky Watkins making two saves to ensure their lead remained intact.

Wootton Bassett nearly levelled shortly after with a brilliant short corner routine which was cleared off the line by left-back Daisy Wheeler.

However, Bretforton doubled their lead shortly before half-time when a fine run and pass from debutant Sue Headington into striker Sarah Hall was played to Emma Lowe to convert from close range.

There was further success for the visitors before the break when quick reactions from Deb Slatter allowed her to pick up the rebound from a powerful Whitehouse shot and fire home for 3-0.

Bretforton started the second- half as they had finished the first with sharp passing and quick movement.

More chances from numerous short corners went begging but the visitors remained firmly in control until midway through the second period when they appeared to tire.

Player-of-the-match Kate Mitchell, along with fellow defenders Wheeler, Liz Murray- White and Sarah Cook, were kept busy to limit the home side’s chances.

A mix-up from keeper Watkins and Murray-White allowed Wootton Bassett to get a goal back.

Bretforton’s energy levels appeared to reignite after the goal and they returned to their slick moves.

Soon after, a perfect shortcorner routine saw the ball pushed out to Whitehouse who fired it into Hall who swept in from close range.

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