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Ladies 1sts - Match centre

Olton & West Warwicks
Swansea
Full time
B Fisher (21' ), C Ansley (25' ), S Thorburn (42' ), L Hoskins (45' )
Sat 23 Mar TBC - Investec Women's Hockey League - Investec Conference West

Spartans Earn Great Away Win

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Spartans back to winning ways with a great 2-4 victory.

Olten & West Warwicks 2 v 4 Swansea City Spartans

Swansea Spartans were looking for a victory to ensure they would retain their place in the top six. With much at stake, a nervy opening 10 minutes saw both teams battling for momentum and it was Olten who got the first goal through a classy reverse scoop finish by Sally Walton the league’s top goal scorer.

Spartans, however, were straight back on it, with a slick passing sequence eventually fed to Beth Fisher to bring the score back level, a great finish eliminating the keeper. This gave Swansea a real boost in intensity and 3 minutes later Carmen Ansley was on hand to give Swansea a well deserved lead with a reverse finish.

Olton came back by putting pressure on Swansea’s defence with multiple short corners which the Spartan defenders cleared out brilliantly.

Half time score Olten & West Warwicks 1 v 2 Swansea City.

In the second half both teams came out fighting knowing the importance of the result but man of the match Sarah Jane Thorburn secured Swansea’s third goal by decisively putting away the second phase of the short corner.

Olton wouldn’t give up and Swansea were made to work tirelessly. Further Spartan pressure was rewarded with a driving run from Amy Burton who’s pass took out the goalkeeper leaving Livvy Hoskins to slip the ball into the net. One minute to go, Olton were rewarded for their persistence by scoring their second goal through Laura Collins.

Nonetheless Spartans came out on top with a 4-2 win and move up the table, smiles all round.

Next week the Spartans will be at home to Oxford Hawks in the final league game of the season. A win would see them secure a place in the newly formed National League Division One for next season.

Reporter Carmen Ansley

Key moments

21:00
Goal Beth Fisher scores for Swansea
25:00
Goal Carmen Ansley scores for Swansea
42:00
Goal Sarah-Jayne Thorburn scores for Swansea
45:00
Goal Livvy Hoskins scores for Swansea

Highlights

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45:00 Goal 0 - 4
Livvy Hoskins scores for Swansea
42:00 Goal 0 - 3
Sarah-Jayne Thorburn scores for Swansea
End of period 1
25:00 Goal 0 - 2
Carmen Ansley scores for Swansea
21:00 Goal 0 - 1
Beth Fisher scores for Swansea
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Olton & West Warwicks
  • Swansea
  • 0
  • Beth Fisher Goal 21:00'
  • Carmen Ansley Goal 25:00'
  • Sarah-Jayne Thorburn Goal 42:00'
  • Livvy Hoskins Goal 45:00'

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Stourport 16 43
2. Gloucester City 18 35
3. Trojans 17 33
4. Swansea 18 29
5. Reading 18 26
6. Olton & West Warwicks 18 25
7. Barnes 18 19

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