Drinkwater stars in Blockley rout

ON FIRE: Blockley’s four-goal hero Fiona Drinkwater tries to force the ball home past the East Gloucester goalkeeper watched by team-mate Lindsay Hay (number 19) during Saturday’s clash. Picture: KEVIN HOBKIRK

ON FIRE: Blockley’s four-goal hero Fiona Drinkwater tries to force the ball home past the East Gloucester goalkeeper watched by team-mate Lindsay Hay (number 19) during Saturday’s clash. Picture: KEVIN HOBKIRK

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BLOCKLEY retained their West Clubs Women’s Hockey League Severn Division One leadership with an 8-2 thrashing of East Gloucester.

They produced a strong display from the start and opened the scoring within the first few minutes due to a fine strike by player-of-the-match Sabrina Rew.

This was shortly followed by a second goal after Fiona Drinkwater made a superb run from the halfway line.

Now on a roll, Blockley extended their lead to 4-0 as Rew scored another two goals to secure her hat-trick.

The hosts continued to attack the opposition and scored yet again due to a strike from Debbie Honour.

This was followed up shortly after as Drinkwater gained her second of the match.

East Gloucester fought back and found their way through the Blockley defence to net their first of the game.

But the hosts responded and pushed forward, resulting in Drinkwater completing her hattrick.

The visitors managed to net again just before the break to be 7-2 behind following a goalladen first period.

Both teams came out fighting in the second period with play being more equal.

Blockley’s defence of captain Sam Jones, Katy Hill, Kitty Boyes and Angela Reading-East managed to block any attacking runs from East Gloucester.

Before the end of the half, Drinkwater completed the scoring.

Blockley, who are top on goal difference from Gloucester thirds, play at local rivals Bourton and Sherborne at The Cotswold School on Saturday (3pm).

Third-from-bottom Bourton and Sherborne go into the derby on the back of a 6-2 thumping at Newent seconds.

In Division Two, third-placed Chipping Campden picked up a 3-1 win at home to lowly Cirencester thirds.

Bourton and Sherborne thirds earned their first point of the season in Division Three, drawing 3-3 with mid-table Painswick.

Blockley seconds crashed 4-0 at table-toppers Stroud seconds.

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