Weekend Match Report Round Up: Saturday 11th March 2023

REDDITCH Hockey Club’s respective teams won three out of their four matches last weekend.

The men’s first team beat local rivals Bromsgrove 2-1 on the road whilst the men’s second team beat Worcester 2-0.

And the men’s third team edged out Harborne 2-1 although the women’s second team were beaten 4-2 by Old Halesonians.


Redditch men’s 2nds 2-0 Worcester 3rds

The men’s second team secured a crucial win against Worcester although the first half proved to be an even contest with neither side able to trouble the goal.

However, Redditch flew out of the blocks in the second period and piled on the pressure before Harry Gwyer struck at the back post from Richard Sellors’s pass after good build-up play between Harry Saunders and Josh Checkley.

And Redditch sealed the win five minutes later as Sellors guided the ball into the bottom corner from Tom Edney’s pass.

Redditch travel to Olton and West Warwickshire 5ths this weekend looking to add another victory which will keep them in the league.

Redditch Men’s 3rds 2-1 Harborne 6ths (Development)

It was a case of defences on top in Redditch’s clash with Harborne as several key interceptions and a number of crucial saves kept the game scoreless until the visitors capitalised on a mistake in the home midfield to score from a two-on-one situation.

Redditch regained their composure and began to dominate proceedings before Miller Glen notched his 18th goal of the season after a number of chances went begging.

And Redditch completed the turnaround in the second half as Marshall Glen deflected Barry Fitzpatrick’s initial shot into the bottom corner on 69 minutes.

Redditch also handed a third team debut to Arran Smith who held his own throughout.

Redditch Women’s 2nds 2-4 Old Halesonians 1sts

A reinvigorated Redditch side were beaten by runaway league champions Old Halesonians although the game was much closer than the 8-0 reverse in the previous fixture.

From the first whistle, Redditch’s youngsters in midfield retained possession and intercepted balls with confidence in the opening 10 minutes as Tula Williams, Frankie Griffiths and captain Louise Jennings impressed.

However, the champions eventually took the lead from a penalty corner as the pressure mounted before the visitors struck again from a quickly-taken long corner.

And Old Halesonians were three goals to the good at the break after the visitors scored from another penalty corner.

Redditch rallied after the break and struck twice in the final 20 minutes as Becki Clarke and Griffiths found the net, the latter scoring from a penalty corner in a much-improved display from when the two teams last met.