Ladies hold off leaders with an inspiring performance

Action from Bromsgrove Ladies' top of the table clash with Harborne. Picture: MARIE MYERS

Action from Bromsgrove Ladies' top of the table clash with Harborne. Picture: MARIE MYERS

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IT was honours even as Bromsgrove Ladies drew 1-1 with Worcestershire Division One leaders Harborne on Saturday.

Table-topping Harborne, who have only dropped three points all season, were coming off the back of a four-game run that has seen them score 28 goals and concede only one.

The first 25 minutes of the game saw the visitors dominate possession with free flowing passing and rapid player movement.

However, they didn’t take the lead until two of Bromsgrove’s players, including captain Naomi Cartwright, were injured on the sidelines.

This was due in no small part to some solid defending by Sophie Douglas and Heather Nunnerley and sensible keeping by Ali Powell.

When they did edge ahead it came about from a deflection from a penalty corner.

It was somewhat ironic as Bromsgrove had started to get to grips with the Harborne style of play.

Bromsgrove changed their formation after the goal to stifle Harborne’s ability to move freely.

Kate Jones moved into the hole and Alice Taylor and Jo Eddy dropped deeper.

This new formation gave Bromsgrove the impetus they needed and they finally found some attacking rhythm.

Just before half-time they grabbed an equaliser in a similar manner to Harborne as Heather Nunnerley’s shot was turned home by Jones.

The second half was a more even affair until the last 10 minutes when first Harriet Finney and then Tricky Burton went close to delivering the hosts a victory.

The game ended all square, which, although not a victory, was a very fine and well deserved result for the girls.

On Saturday, second-placed Bromsgrove go to Tenbury who are directly below them.

The seconds won 6-2 at Old Hales and the thirds won 6-1 at Redditch to keep their promotion hopes alive.

l Meanwhile, the men's first team face their biggest game of the season on Sunday when they tackle Camberley and Farnborough in the semi-finals of the National Vase.

Bromsgrove have enjoyed a good season but the club’s first ever appearance in the last four could guarantee a strong end to the season.

After a free weekend, they resume the Midlands Division One at Old Wulfs on Saturday.

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