12:40pm Friday 17th January 2014
BOURTON-on-the-Water took a giant step towards the Cotswold League girls’ final with a clean sweep of three wins in one night.
Isabel Honour was dominant in the centre, controlling almost every attack from their opponents and scoring 11 goals.
This was backed up by a strong display from Bourton’s defenders and attackers, who kept Honour topped up with a series of accurate passes.
She scored all five against Blockley, including two from skilful dribbles, one from Tyla Crammen’s pass and a fortunate effort via the keeper.
Honour and Crammen shared the first four goals against Dormer House with the latter’s second arriving early on in a power-play.
Honour completed her hattrick in another 5-0 win.
Bourton’s final match was against St David’s, who are coached by Honour’s mother, Great Britain player Debbie Honour.
The daughter had the initial success, netting twice early on, but St David’s started to dominate and pulled a goal back through Isobel Barnett.
However, Honour junior completed her third treble of the night for a 3-1 win.
The other five teams played out a series of close matches with Blockley contesting goalless draws with Shipston and Ilmington.
St David’s eventually broke the deadlock against Shipston as Megan Jones and Barnett simultaneously hit the ball before Antonia Fairbourne levelled late on.
Shipston’s match against Dormer House was one of the best with Fairbourne giving them an early lead.
Their opponents’ first attack resulted in a goal by Milly Drinkwater before Anna Cook scored twice to give Dormer House a 3-1 win.
The night’s other two matches resulted in 1-0 wins as Cook gave Dormer House the points over Ilmington.
St David’s were denied by keeper Lauren Davis and, from one of her saves, the unmarked Tilly Morris ran clear to throw the qualifying table wide open by giving Ilmington a single-goal win.
Next week, St James, Willersey and Bredon Hill join Shipston, Ilmington and Bourton-on-the-Water in the next round of girls’ matches.
Bourton need just six points to be sure of a place in the final.
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