IT WAS an historic day for Bromsgrove Ladies Hockey Club on Saturday as they fielded a fourth team in the Worcestershire third division for the first time.
But Bromsgrove were denied the victory they craved as they were left to settle with a hard-earned 1-1 draw against Old Hales 2nds.
The hosts took the lead in the opening period when Dee Martin and Rachel Colclough combined in a forward passing move before Charlotte Hales slammed the ball home.
But they were unable to hang on as the away side equaliser from a penalty corner, which was the only slip from an otherwise solid defensive display.
The teams first showing comes after the successful Back to Hockey campaign provided the club with more than 20 players. The scheme, which will run until March, next year, aims to attract women who either have not played for a while or are interested in participating in hockey, and coach Alan Gormley said it had made a big difference to his side.
“We have had ladies who have never played before, girls back from university, mum’s returning after having a family, and ladies who haven’t played for over 20 years,” he said.
“It really is a great way to get back into the sport, to have fun and to meet new friends. It is all run in a very relaxed way and
encourages everyone to have a great time.”
Sessions are held at Bromsgrove School every Thursday between 8pm and 9pm. For more information contact Alan Gormley on 07731 369942 or firstname.lastname@example.org