Trojans beat Team Bath Buccaneers 4-1 to set up a mouth-watering top of the table Investec England Women’s Hockey West Conference showdown with Reading at Stoneham Lane on Saturday lunchtime.
With Reading suffering their first defeat of the season 2-1 to Stourport, the win re-established Trojans at the top of the log – a position they will want to cement as the national league programme reaches its half-way point.
“Going into the winter break at the top would give us a terrific physiological lift,” says Trojans captain Jenny Peebles.
Having been beaten 3-2 by Olton & West Warwicks a week earlier, Trojans were desperate for a positive start – and it came with a first minute goal from Kat Petch.
Eager to capitalize on their early momentum, Trojans continued to pressure Team Bath with wave after wave of attack; each cycle more powerful than the last.
With Trojans dominating the game, Bath didn’t get a look in – until Vicky Warwick stunned them with a 22nd minute penalty corner equaliser.
But teams are seldom more vulnerable than just after they’ve scored – and Trojans sent Team Bath reeling with two goals in four minutes.
Cat Horn scored her fourth goal of the season with a deflection from a baseline ball and soon after Becky Treharne swept the ball through the goalkeeper’s legs to give Trojans a 3-1 half-time lead.
The second half began as the first, with the Trojans dominating. Though they failed to capitalise on their corner opportunities, their energy did not falter.
Their efforts paid off in the 55th minute when Lauren Anning connected with a ball in open play in the oppositions D to complete the scoring and put Trojans back on top.
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