September 28th, 2016

Late Langland goal secures Bromsgrove home win

PLAYER-coach Andy Langland struck in the dying moments to secure Bromsgrove Hockey Club Men’s Firsts a dramatic 5-4 victory over Sikh Union.

The away side gave Bromsgrove a real scare as they burst into a 3-0 lead, but after some stern words from Langland at half-time they turned things around.

The second half paved the way for a barrage of attack from the hosts as goals from Karl, Alex and Ben Bridgman got them back on level terms.

Bromsgrove fell behind again, but they showed admirable strength of character to earn another short corner which was converted expertly by the returning Bevan Edwards.

Langland then led by example as he put all his previous near misses behind him and slung the ball into the net with only a few minutes remaining.

Elsewhere, a controversial equaliser denied Bromsgrove Fourths victory against Old Halesonians.

Despite fielding seven players under the age of 16, the hosts dominated the first half and took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Dave Bennett and captain Andy Potter.

But their veteran opponents clawed their way back as they struck with 15 minutes to go before forcing the ball home late on which led angered Bromsgrove.

There was also disappointment for Bromsgrove Fifths who lost 3-1 to Worcester  Eighths and Bromsgrove Thirds who were thumped 4-1 by Stratford Thirds.

Meanwhile, Bromsgrove Ladies pulled off a couple of impressive performance as the Firsts beat Tenbury Firsts 3-0 and the Thirds thrashed Bournville Seconds 5-0, but Bromsgrove Seconds could not make it a hat-trick of wins as they lost 2-0 to Pershore Firsts.