Redditch Ladies 1 Bridgnorth 1

Redditch Ladies halted the visitors' perfect start to the season with a tenacious display.

Player of the Match Emma Manders slotted in impressively at left back and Redditch worked the ball well out of defence.

After 20 minutes they deservedly took the lead when Angela Taylor collected the ball in the visitors half and played it through to Amanda Burchell who twisted and scored with a fierce strike at the near post.

Bridgnorth came back and although the hosts worked as a unit the visitors levelled 15 minutes from time from a penalty corner.

Redditch dug deep, weathered the storm and finished the stronger nearly snatching victory when Sam Donlon's shot brought a superb instinctive save out of the Bridgnorth keeper.

But injuries meant Redditch were unable to field a side against Harrow in Sunday's EHA Trophy match and had to concede the tie.

Redditch visit Tamworth on Saturday (12.30pm start).