A SUPERB solo effort from Stacey Nash saw Bromsgrove Hockey Club’s Ladies Firsts claim a 3-2 victory over Harbourne Thirds in a thrilling top of the table battle.
Harbourne dominated the early part and went ahead, but Bromsgrove hit back with a strike from Vic Longmore who was set up by Alice Taylor and Tricky Burton.
As the half developed midfielders Laura Underhill, Lily Alsop and Nash grabbed control of the match, with Burton and Longmore both going close.
But Bromsgrove suffered a set-back at the start of the second half as a mix up in defence allowed Harbourne to move back in front.
Once again, though, they bounced straight back as Burton went on a mazy run before calmly rounding the keeper and firing home to make it 2-2.
The remainder of the game became really tense as both sides chased the winner, with Bromsgrove’s captain Heather Nunnerley driving her side on.
And it was the home side who got it as Nash collected the ball on the half way line, burst down the wing and slipped past two defenders. As the goalkeeper approached Nash then fearlessly met the challenge to force home the winner, which delighted coach Alan Gormley.
“That game was exactly what we feared,” he said. “We expected a tight match and that is precisely what we got.
“The girls pulled out all the stops in a fierce gale.
“To twice come back from behind and then score a winner shows what tremendous resilience and self belief the girls have. I was immensely proud of them today.”
Elsewhere, Bromsgrove Ladies Thirds were held to a 2-2 draw against Kings Heath Firsts, while Ladies Fourth thumped Stourport Sixths 3-0.
Frances Evans got the opener before Caroline Bellingham latched on to a through ball from captain Sarah Gormley to score her first ever goal for the club.
Bromsgrove then completed the scoring with an Evans penalty flick after Gormley’s effort was illegally stopped by a Stourport foot.