Ex-Services can’t stop Souths

TIGHT: Ex-Services’ Ebony Press pushes the ball on as Bathurst Souths’ Ash Corby closes in. Photo: PHILL MURRAYHOCKEY
Nanjing Night Net

BATHURST Souths have further entrenched themselves in the women’s Premier League Hockey top three thanks to a strong 4-1 win over Ex-Services on Saturday.

The two blues were in charge for most of the contest at Bob Roach Field, but had to withstand a second half comeback from their opposition.

Leading 3-0 with 20 minutes to play, the hosts were given a minor scare as Larissa Atkinson put her side on the board from a penalty corner.

The visitors then poured the pressure on for the next seven minutes and threatened a couple of times to bring the margin back to a single goal.

Kate Butcherine up front and Chloe Barrett were the pick of the Ex-Services side.

“I was pretty happy with the way the girls played in general and the determination they showed, but it was pretty frustrating at the same time,” Ex-Services coach Mitch Kennewell said.

“Our last touches in the circle were a bit off and we just struggled at times to get into the right positions.

“There is a bit of a gap now between us and the top three, so we just have to focus on making sure we’re in the finals and give ourselves a chance.”

BATHURST SOUTHS 4 (Ash Corby, Tahlia Cranston, Ali Stanford, Michelle Somers) def ORANGE EX-SERVICES 1 (Larissa Atkinson).

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