Thursday, 21st August 2014

Bridgnorth Hockey Club celebrate Premier Division championship.

THRILLED captain James Childs has urged Bridgnorth to savour their champion feeling – and immediately set his all-conquering side a fresh target.

Shropshire’s second-ranked side wrapped up the West Midlands Premier Division title last weekend with four games to spare courtesy of a stylish 4-1 victory over promotion rivals Old Silhillians.

It provided the peak to a memorable season for Bridgnorth, who have dropped just two points in their 16 games to date to seal a return to Midlands One after a three-year absence.

“The guys have been superb and have worked their socks off since we came back for pre-season training in July,” said Childs, who missed Saturday night’s celebrations due to a prior family commitment.

“In the history of a club you have peaks and troughs and it’s important you make the most of the peaks and enjoy them.

“Although we have won almost every game, we have had the odd glitch since Christmas because we haven’t been quite as fluent as we would have liked at times.

“But the will to win, hunger and desire have shone through and the guys really turned it on against Old Silhillians.

“They knew the importance of the game and responded.”

Pete Evans broke the deadlock from a short corner before doubling the advantage after the break.

Danny Wright put the game beyond doubt with a third goal and, while the visitors pulled one back, Matt Ealey restored the three-goal buffer.

Childs refused to be drawn on the controversy which marred the closing seven minutes when complaints from Old Silhillians players resulted in the umpires removing the delighted crowd from the edge of the pitch meaning many watched from behind a fence.

Instead, he turned his attention to this weekend’s derby at Shrewsbury (2pm) and vowed his side’s focus will remain unaffected despite their achievements.

“The next challenge is to go through the season unbeaten,” said a determined Childs.

“But Shrewsbury will be tough opponents because they are in very good form.”