Following a successful and challenging pre-season which included fitness sessions as well as several friendly fixtures, Bromley and Beckenham Ladies were ready to hit the ground running once league hockey returned.
The 3s, 4s and 5s were first off the mark with the Kent leagues resuming earlier and all opened up their accounts with a win. The pick of the bunch being the 4s who won 11-0 against K Sports (Cobdown) HC Ladies 2s.
The teams’ good form has continued with the 3s currently sitting in 5th and the 4s and 5s both topping their tables. The 5s have won all four of their games and are being admirably led by Michelle Keppler, a Back to Hockey graduate from last season.
The first East league games took place the following week with the 2s following the form trend with a 2-1 victory against Folkestone, courtesy of a last gasp winner by captain Steph Brennan. Another win and one loss since then sees them currently well placed in 5th, just three points behind the leaders.
On September 28thit was finally the turn of the 1s to face their first Investec Women’s Hockey League fixture in seven seasons. An away trip to Chelmsford was their first challenge and after conceding in the 3rd minute of the game, the team fought back superbly to win 3-1 with goals from Emma Greenway, Flor Zapulla and Vallissa Armstrong.
Next up was another away trip, this time to Broxbourne, which saw the ladies take an early lead through a quick break and cool finishing from Sophie Couldrey. In a tense game with opportunities at both ends, there were no further goals and the 1-0 victory sees the 1s topping the table at the time of writing. An excellent start but further challenges ahead.
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