Trojans ladies scored twice in quick succession during the last eight minutes to beat high riding Investec Women’s Western Conference rivals Olton & West Warwicks, who twice clawed their way back into the game after falling behind.
Trojans, who won 4-2, played some of their best hockey of the season in the first half and, but for a series of fine saves by Frances Taylor, would have been out for the count by half-time.
All they had to show for their efforts was a 23rd minute short corner far post deflection by Jill Tombs – an advantage wiped out by Olton’s Sade Gerald four minutes after the break.
Trojans bounced back and restored their lead six minutes later – Cita Haines rounding three diving challenges before teeing up Amy Sheehan, who volleyed the Stoneham girls back in front.
But midway through the second period it was all square again, Sally Walton converting a penalty corner to make it 2-2.
Trojans regrouped to regain the initiative and put the game beyond Olton’s reach with two late goals.
Tombs potted another short corner and two minutes later Haines clinched a 4-2 win to inflict the Midlanders’ first defeat of the season. To add to Olton’s woe, goalscorer Walton was red carded for dissent in the closing play.
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