THE praises of the all-conquering ladies first team at Bromsgrove Hockey Club have been sung by head coach Peter Bryant prior to their forthcoming debut campaign in Midlands Division Two.
Bryant’s St Godwald’s Road outfit were runaway winners of the Midlands Feeder West division in the previous season, sweeping aside their rivals and accumulating a 14-point advantage over their nearest challengers by the time proceedings were brought to an abrupt end with one game to spare in March.
Given that Bromsgrove have achieved back-to-back promotions to reach this level of the sport for the first time, Bryant is under no illusions as to the reason behind the recent achievements of his side.
“The success over the last two seasons has come about through the dedication and resilience of a fantastic squad of players,” he said.
“They have been committed to training hard and I have been so impressed by the way they have supported each other – on and off the pitch.”
While the state of play in the sport has changed notably in previous months, Bromsgrove will be confident of picking up where they left off on the back of a campaign in which they won 14 of the 17 games they were tasked with – scoring 47 and conceding just ten in that time.
Throw in the fact that the squad which achieved consecutive promotions was relatively unchanged, containing seven players who were aged 16 or younger at the beginning of the previous season, and you get a better idea of the resolute team spirit which has carried them so far.
And with star striker Anna Perrott, who ranked the top goalscorer throughout the Midland Region Leagues with 20 strikes, back on board, things are certainly looking promising for another impressive term.
For all of the positives, an appeal for new players to bolster the ladies ranks has been made, with interested recruits asked to contact captain Laura Underhill on 07907 285476.
Success was not hard to come by elsewhere at the club either, with the men’s first team following in the footsteps of the ladies by earning promotion to the Midland Men’s West Midlands Premier.
They did so in remarkable fashion too, edging Stafford on goal difference to top West Midlands Division One after winning 15 of their 20 fixtures.
The intention for further success at Bromsgrove is clear for all to see, with the addition of a sixth men’s team another sign of the upwards momentum at the club in spite of the challenges faced by COVID-19.