Whitby Hockey Club Ladies slipped to a frustrating 4-2 defeat on the road at Marton Furness on Saturday.
The ladies took a strong team to Middlesbrough and started off very strongly, passing well and moving on and off the ball fast and accurately.
Midfielder Zara Noble worked the ball around Marton’s players and down the right wing, where Millie Storr picked up an early first goal for Whitby.
A second goal was soon scored by Emily Webster after receiving a fast-paced early ball from left-winger Lisette Vincent-Jones, leaving her with time to accurately finish the goal in style.
Whitby stayed in possession of the ball, Danni Halley worked well with both Natasha Kent and Danielle Walker, putting continuous pressure on Marton’s defence.
Marton Furness however did manage to find some breaks in Whitby’s formation and in the first half managed to score four consecutive goals to make the half-time score 4-2.
Whitby went out into the second half in strong fashion and returned to playing their own game.
Emma Raw and Jaz Parkes put in a great effort, making strong tackles.
Siobhan Robinson, Michelle Myers, Jess Hogarth and Ruth Ashley put in an exceptional performance in defence, Ashley saved some very hard shots struck on goal.
Whitby collectively were able to clear a number of short corners and clear the ball out of the defensive zone.
The second half didn’t see any goals scored and the ladies were unlucky to come away with a 4-2 defeat.
The ladies will play their last home game of the season, on Saturday against Stockton.