NEWTOWN Hockey Club hosted a touring American junior side last week.

Aim Field Hockey Club from St Louis in Missouri took on Newtown Ladies Hockey Club’s junior side at Maldwyn Leisure Centre.

The tourists ran out convincing winners with Grace Bolesta and Molly Christopher inspiring Aim Field to victory.

Newtown goalkeeper Carrie Jones made a string of outstanding saves and was voted player of the match alongside team-mate Tayla Trigg.

An improved second half display saw Newtown under the cosh and riding a storm of pressure to frustrate the Americans.

Newtown Hockey Club spokesperson Jacqui Loxam said: “The Newtown side bravely fought a slick and well drilled side.

“We were a lot more organised in the second-half with the help of club person Clare Bonsall.”

After the match the sides enjoyed the opportunity to socialise while watching the World Cup 2018 clash between England and USA in London.

The Newtown squad which represented the club included Nia Jones, Millie Jones, Katie Wilson, Tayla Trigg, Leah Roberts, Nia Rowlands, Anya Lewis, India Lewis, Carrie Jones and Emily Powell along with Sioned Gittins of Llanfair Caereinion Hockey Club.

Meanwhile Montgomeryshire hosts two international coaching master classes on Tuesday, August 28.

Newtown’s Maldwyn Leisure Centre hosts a junior camp from 10am-3pm for players aged 10 to 17 while Welshpool’s Flash Leisure Centre hosts the adult class from 6.30-8pm.

Both camps are designed and coached by former South African international Dirkie Chamberlain and Welsh international Jo Westwood.

The adult course costs £15 per person while the junior camp is £30 for one child and £25 for a second.