Report from Kent News
Bromley and Beckenham Ladies picked up some silverware on Sunday as they defied the odds to beat Holcombe 2-1 in the Kent Cup Hockey Final.
Despite Holcombe being at home, and being two leagues higher than BromBeck, it was the visitors who started the strongest and took the game to them from the off.
After a couple of short corners, the deadlock was broken through open play when an excellent ball in from Liz Hawkins was deflected in to the roof of the net by Emma Greenway for a neat finish.
Holcombe bounced back straight away putting immense pressure on the BromBeck defence but 14-year-old Jasmine Palmer-Smith in goal was equal to them, having an outstanding game, ably supported by the defence and in particular 17-year-old player of the match, Ellie Hearn to take their lead into half time.
About 10 minutes after the break, Holcombe’s defences were breached once again as a scrappy short corner broke down and landed at Greenway’s feet to tap in from close range for hers and BromBeck’s second. From there on in it was end-to-end stuff with the hosts’ pacey youths trying to break down BromBeck’s solidity at the back.
Charlotte Wilson, 18, was also playing wisely beyond her years in centre midfield, marshalling her more experienced counterparts to great effect.
Despite BromBeck’s resistance, Holcombe broke through with 10 minutes remaining when they failed to clear a ball to halve the deficit.
This made for a nail-biting climax to the game against tired BromBeck legs but the visitors managed to hold on and secure the Kent Cup for the first time in their history - an achievement made more impressive given that they fielded five players under the age of 18 in the final.