Saturday’s match at Coombe Dingle was a game where both teams were looking to take away the three points with the hope climbing up the table.

The whistle blew and Clifton Robinsons started the game on the front foot, with good build-up play to enter their attacking D, creating chances and winning some immediate penalty corners. Despite the pressure, Birmingham coped well, defending resolutely to keep the game goalless. Going into the second quarter, they had some lovely attacking plays leading to some chances for them as well. Despite this exciting hockey, neither team could score.

Half time and three-quarter time came and went with the score still being 0-0, Birmingham putting a lot of pressure on the home side’s defence. In the final quarter, Clifton found a string of momentum and several beautiful attacking plays which resulted a penalty corner. Keeping their composure, the ball was slipped left to Holly Munro who fired the ball towards goal. This shot was saved by the keeper and Carmen Ansley found herself positioned perfectly to fire the rebounded ball into the back of the net giving Clifton the 1-0 lead with nine minutes to go.

Clifton managed to hold onto this 1-0 lead until the final whistle and they came away happy with the win and 3 points.

Kitty Chapple

Alex Kirkpatrick

Probably on the physio table