Risky business: Bathurst City's new tactics produce stunning victory over 'Feds

NOT THIS TIME: Bathurst City's Danielle Fisher has her shot blocked by Confederates goalkeeper Steph Hinds but City would still get plenty past her in their 7-1 win on Saturday. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 071214pcity11

NOT THIS TIME: Bathurst City's Danielle Fisher has her shot blocked by Confederates goalkeeper Steph Hinds but City would still get plenty past her in their 7-1 win on Saturday. Photo: PHILL MURRAY 071214pcity11

SIX different players found their way onto the scorecard for Bathurst City when they ran away 7-1 victors on Saturday over Confederates in their women's Premier League Hockey match at the Cooke Hockey Complex.

City delivered a much improved performance on their 2-0 win last week to Orange Ex-Services as they put five goals past their opponents in the second half, the pace too much to take for a tiring Confederates outfit still on the hunt for just their second win of the season.

For City it's now their 11th victory from 15 games and gives them a foothold in the top three with Lithgow Panthers and Parkes United.

The game made for easy viewing in the eyes of City coach Scott Anderson.

"We spoke about last week's game and I told the girls that was going to be the last time we played like that. We decided to take a few risks. That was the plan, to move the ball up more and take those risks," he said.

"I said that I didn't care if we lost today as long as we took those risks and threw that ball up.

"It was a lot more of an open game. I discussed before the game that we wanted that to happen and it was good to see. From here on in we have to keep playing that open and fluid style of game."

Ivy Moore found the game's opening goal five minutes in when her shot rolled under the legs of her defender in a one-on-one contest in the circle. It was almost a second for her when a reverse stick swipe produced a good save from Confederates goalkeeper Steph Hinds.

Danielle Fisher couldn't finish from close range but Jess Hotham was on hand to pick up the pieces and help City to a 2-0 lead at half-time.

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The hosts sped up their play in the back 35 minutes to produce one of their better halves of hockey this season, starting with an Andrea Seymour score off a penalty goal seven minutes in.

Only a matter of minutes later a quick break saw City fire the ball into the Confederates goal circle where Hotham's diving pass got the ball to Fisher for a simple finish.

Tanya Lowe got on the board when she got on the end of a Hinds save from close range.

With a quarter of the game to go it was Casey Bayliss who finished off arguably City's finest goal of the day, a team effort from halfway that saw a string of passes through the middle of the pitch end on her stick.

Fisher saved the scorers from adding a new City name to the cards when she got her second of the day to make it 7-0.

Annie Pakinga grabbed a consolation goal from Confederates' only penalty corner of the half with seven minutes left.

Confederates coach Mark Pengilly said his side weren't hungry enough for the ball the longer the match went on.

"They came out and showed a lot of intensity in that second half and we were just very flat footed and didn't play well at all," Pengilly said.

"We got some good passages of play and some linking up in that second half. Moving off the ball was the big things for us this week. That second half we were just holding the ball for too long ourselves instead of one touching, passing it off and taking them on a bit."

BATHURST CITY 7 (Danielle Fisher 2, Ivy Moore, Jess Hotham, Andrea Seymour, Tanya Lowe, Casey Bayliss) defeated CONFEDERATES 1 (Annette Pakinga)

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