WORCESTER secured promotion to the Midlands Regional League despite losing to leaders Wolverhampton.

Worcester dominated the first half, outplaying their opponents with fluent passing, excellent tackling and plenty of support running.

Chances were few and far between, but following a well struck short corner, Wood was on hand to score from close range.

The second half began with Worcester relaxing and allowing Wolverhampton greater possession.

However, the defence allowed them very few opportunities, but a short corner routine saw Wolverhampton equalise.

Worcester were unable to lift themselves in response and quickly surrended a second goal as their play broke down in the area.

Eventually Worcester rallied to dominate the last few minutes and had an excellent chance to draw in the dying seconds.


The clich of a game of two halves was entirely appropriate for this Midland League Division A encounter where in the first period Worcester stormed to a four goal lead and then contrived to lose the second 1-0.

Pickwick resisted Worcester's attacks for a quarter or an hour until Jane Game's shot at the second penalty corner was illegally stopped and Jo Walker converted the subsequent penalty stroke.

Four minutes later Kate Draper put Worcester two up when she deflected a penalty corner past the keeper.

Almost immediately Becky Handy made it 3-0 and then seven minutes from the interval Worcester scored their best team goal of the season when a flowing move of eight passes resulted with Julie Harwood getting the final touch.

In complete contrast Worcester stumbled their way through the second half and conceded a total of 11 penalty corners. It was no surprise when Pickwick reduced the deficit.

The result was enough to clinch Worcester's promotion to the Midland Premier League.