Bowdon Hightown were crowned champions of the women’s Hockey 5s final with a comprehensive 4-1 win over East Grinstead.
Goals from Holly Hunt, Tina Cullen and brace for Sally Walton were answered by a finish from the spot for Grinstead’s captain, Jojo Davis.
In a match that lacked clinical finishing from open play, several of the chances that were created went to waste, with missed opportunities for both sides in the early exchanges.
Bowdon’s best chance in the first half came from a penalty corner, as Sally Walton’s shot slid wide of the right post. Womens Final JPEGS-2
However the deadlock was broken soon after as Holly Hunt was found in space in the Grinstead circle and slotted home the opener.
The match’s most controversial moment came early in the second half as East Grinstead were awarded a penalty stroke when a penalty corner shot was saved on the line by the defender’s glove, but was mistakenly seen as a foot. Davis calmly finished to bring EG level, much to the dismay of the Bowdon players.
Justice was seemingly done just a few minutes later as Cullen put Bowdon ahead once more and Walton swiftly followed with a third. Womens Final JPEGS-1
East Grinstead rallied well and may well have got back in the game were in not for a trio of saves from Amy Tennant in the Bowdon goal, the first, from Sophie Bray’s stinging shot, a particularly fine stop.
With just over three minutes to play East Grinstead brought on a kicking back, but a foul on Cullen during some defensive confusion led to a penalty stroke, which was duly finished by Walton, for her second, and Bowdon’s fourth.
Walton, whose obvious endeavours were rewarded with a brace, had the added bonus of lifting the trophy while also being named most valuable player of the final.