Bromsgrove 9 Yardley 2
Already without three key midfielders, Yardley hit further trouble as a motorway closure following a serious accident meant that Charles Chikasha was stuck in traffic and was unable to join the team for the last ENER-G West Midlands Division Two match of the season. Glenn Sherard came into the side to partner Noor Zaman in attack.
Yardley were still sorting themselves out when an enthusiastic Bromsgrove side scored from an early attack and a second goal followed after ten minutes. Yardley then settled down and began to play some neat hockey without threatening the Bromsgrove goal. Whilst Bromsgrove continued to have more of the ball the Yardley defenders held out until five minutes before half time when a series of Bromsgrove attacks led to the home side scoring three further quick goals to leave the visitors facing a very heavy defeat.
After a long half time team talk Yardley stuck to their task as best they could and limited Bromsgrove to four further goals whilst managing to score two of their own, both converted by Noor Zaman who brought his total for the season to 23, all from open play.
Despite this heavy defeat, Yardley’s points total of 17 was their best for a number of seasons and kept the team away from the bottom two places in the league. The positive contribution from a number of young players in their first season in the league side was also an encouraging sign for next season.
[b]report by Chris Wadhams