COLWALL Women's Hockey Club travelled to Cornwall on Saturday and during the first half it seemed as if they'd left their sticks at home.


Despite starting positively, Colwall found it difficult to break the St Austell formation down and 20 minutes of scintillating hockey from the Cornish side produced five well worked goals. A combination of poor marking, concentration and discipline helped to ensure that St Austell sealed a victory in minutes.

However with ten minutes remaining in the first half and the score at 5-0 Colwall heads did not drop and eventually they started to create some good interlinking play. Driving play from Sue Williams and Laura Macfarlane in midfield caused problems in the St Austell defence and eventually this produced two quick goals.

The second half saw a totally different game with Colwall taking the initiative and creating nearly all of the chances. With St Austell now on the back foot Colwall made the most of this opportunity and within minutes of the restart scored another to make the score 5-3.

A now organised Colwall defence coped well with the St Austell attacks but with the Herefordshire side's midfield winning the ball most of the play was in the Cornish side's half. Colwall could have scored a fourth but for a goal line clearance and even created enough chances to scrape a draw but luck was not on their side.

Colwall host Swindon tomorrow (Saturday) 12.30pm start at Ledbury Leisure Centre.