SWANSEA CITY HOPE TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER 3-0 DEFEAT!
After a hard battle away against the Trojans last week, the squad made another long trip to league leaders Stourport, optimistic that they could give a good account of themselves and get a result, which would see them earn points, following last seasons success at the same venue.
Swansea started the game well putting pressure on the Stourport defence, however Stourport were able to convert a penalty corner through Lorna Mackenzie after a counter attack on 7 minutes. The Spartans came back at the home team looking for the equaliser and were awarded a penalty corner, which unfortunately they failed to convert. Swansea continued to have difficulty breaking down a strong Stourport defence and after 28 mins Stourport were able to double their lead with a field goal by Bethan Merriman following a long pass down field.
This was followed by a third goal 3 minutes later after another strong counter attack. The resulting penalty corner was scored by Jennifer Parkinson-Mills making it 3-0 at half time.
The Spartans came out for the second half determined to get back into the game, pushing forward with added conviction. They created several chances through penalty corners and a penalty stroke, pressure which meant Stourport received a number of yellow cards, but despite Swansea playing well, they were unable to convert any of the chances into goals leaving the final score 3-0.
Swansea hope to bounce back next week against ISCA at KGV, pushback 12:00.
Everyone at Spartans are hoping that the frustrations of our results to date can be overcome and the team can continue to play a good standard of hockey; earning a positive result which’ll see them kick on for their remaining five games leading up to the mid-season break.
Reporter Livvy Hoskins Picture: Irfon Bennett