Whitby ladies went into Saturday’s game with a very positive attitude against a side which came third in last year’s first division.
Play was impressive and controlled from Whitby with every player putting in 100%.
Whitby dominated and the passing skills which were not strong last week certainly were working in this game.
Sarah Thompson showed great pace at right mid and linked well with Romy Thompson, who made some good runs on the wing.
Beth Sanderson controlled the centre of the midfield, making some great passes for the forwards. Nikki Gill picked up a lot of play at centre forward, and with Emily Webster at left wing they formed a formidable attack.
Emily Webster was on great form with constant roll outs and shots on goal.
After most of the possession, Whitby got their first corner which Beth Sanderson hammered past the keeper for 1-0.
Durham had a few lose runs from their young players but they were short-lived with the well-formed defence of Zara Noble, Jacqui Livera and Alex Bagnall.
Frances Livera stopped any attack down the right wing and her support during the Whitby attack was attributable for the next goal.
A well-worked piece from Frances to Beth Sanderson to Emily Webster resulted in a reverse sweep into the net for a 2-0 lead. Whitby’s spirits were high and the well-drilled moves were evident from Whitby with Durham having lapses of concentration.
Durham came back strong in the second half and penetrated Whitby circle but guest goalkeeper Sarah Coates from Scarborough made a great hand save from a raised ball.
A break by the Durham centre forward found a one-one-one with the keeper, giving Durham their first goal.
Lucy Hogarth, the youngest player, worked hard at left inner, setting up lots of scoring opportunities for Whtiby.
Whitby stepped up a gear again with Michelle Myers holding strong at right defence. A three-man passing lane from Romy Thompson to Beth Sanderson and onto Emily Webster resulted in the third open stick sweep from Webster making it 3-1.
Whitby’s confidence shone through and Beth Sanderson picked up a through ball from Frances Livera from defence just passed the halfway line. which she then beat several
She then made a text book turn at the top of the D to fire the fourth goal home.
Coach Karen Sanderson said: “This was a very confident, faultless performance from Whitby who went out as a
thinking determined squad and worked so hard so gain this win.”
Player of the match: Sarah Thompson
Whitby ladies 4 Durham City 2nds 1