BROMSGROVE Hockey Club’s ladies first XI beat leaders Worcester 2s 2-1 on the final weekend of the season in the top of the table clash – but finished runners up on goal difference.
Worcester goal difference of +57 was the deciding factor in the Worcestershire Womens Hockey League Division 1, after both club’s finished on 42 points – with Bromsgrove’s +38 total being insufficient to knock the leaders off top spot.
Stacey Nash & Alice Taylor’s strikes were enough to win the game, but will remain upbeat despite narrowly missing out on the title and promotion to the Midlands Feeder League.
In the same division, Bromsgrove’s second XI lost out 1-0 to Stourport 4s – who leapfrogged their opponents into third, leaving Bromsgrove with a fourth-placed finish.
The previous weekend, the mens second XI finished their South West 1 season as runners-up, earning promotion in the process.
Captain Harry Meads commented on the achievement by the club, and is already looking forward to Bromsgrove’s place in South West Premier next season.
“After a slow start to the season, the team pulled itself together to go on a 14 game unbeaten run – scoring 47 goals and conceding just eight since Christmas.
“I am incredibly proud of what this team has achieved together, and can’t wait to see what challenges the next season has in store for us”.
It has been an impressive season all-round for the club, with Bromsgrove’s junior sides having also excelled.
The club recently won all four categories in the boys and girl’s U10’s and U12’s events at the County In2 Junior Hockey finals at Stourport Hockey Club to further boost the feel-good factor around the club at present.
It is a vindication of the specialised training that young players receive at the club on a regular basis, and the opportunities that are afforded to them through schemes such as Badgers hockey – a mixed hockey league in which the club partakes in.
Club chairman Andy Potter has spoken of the importance on ensuring quality coaching to enable the best youth development of the club’s players.
“Since building our own pitch in 2017, we have looked to build the strength of our Junior section by increasing the match play for all players whilst ensuring quality coaching is available.
“Our performance at the County tournament proves the success of our plan and we will ensure we re-double our efforts for the 2019/2020 season.”