Leaders prove too sharp for Whitby

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Second-placed Whitby ladies had a tough game after their Christmas and New Year Break against

league leaders Richmond.

There were no surprises in the standard of play from Richmond, which was fast and furious with their forwards making some punishing runs at the Whitby defence.

Jacqueline Livera and Zara Noble were under a lot of pressure and cleared some difficult balls from the circle.

They were outstanding in defence with Michelle Myers playing confidently on the right defence but finding herself being pushed off the ball.

Beth Sanderson and Sarah Thompson saw the need to turn the attack around quickly and worked hard to support the Whitby forwards, with Sanderson taking on several players to get the ball through to the attack.

A breakaway from Richmond saw the first goal scored and the second goal came within 10 minutes, leaving keeper Kirsty Dixon standing.

Frances Livera had a lot of work to do at left mid against the Richmond right wing and was under constant pressure but created some good

opportunities for the Whitby forwards.

A long ball through from Beth Sanderson found Nikki Gill weaving in and out of the Richmond defence – she had several

shots on goal, with two unluckily just going wide.

Nicola Kent found herself wrong-footed but managed to slot a reverse

sweep into the goal for 2-1 at half-time.

Whitby hoped to turn the game around and despite tremendous effort from everybody, Emily Webster and Romy Thompson were unable to convert the goal chances.

Richmond continued to show great attacking skills from their forwards to run out 5-1 winners, but this did not reflect the match and the determination which Whitby put into the game.

Whitby remain second in theleague which is a great achievement in their first season at this level.

Nikki Gill was awarded man of the match for her turbo-charged game and skills on the ball.

Whitby ladies 1 Richmond 5