WHITBY Hockey Club ladies travelled to Stockton with four of their normal players missing due to other commitments.
Fielding more midfield and defence than attacking players, they opened play very strongly having most of the possession.
Beth Sanderson and Lisa Musset worked really well pressing play all the time and setting up excellent passes to Jess Purvis, Deb Callagham and Jo Braithwaite on the forward line.
Stockton were unable to penetrate the strong midfield in the first half with Sammy Gibson quickly breaking down any stray balls.
Alex Bagnall and Karen Sanderson had a quiet first half, quickly interecepting any attacking play from Stockton.
Whitby were finding it very hard to put the ball in the net despite several shots and short corners.
Just before half-time, some nifty stick work from Jess Purvis found Beth Sanderson free to outplay the Stockton defence and place a well-struck ball in right hand corner.
The second half saw Whitby a little disorganised and players not holding positions which resulted in a Stockton forward travelling up the centre of the field with Karen Sanderson taking on two players.
A well-placed pass found a Stockton centre forward who hammered the ball into the net – Charlotte Harrison making her first appearance did not have time to react.
With the score at 1-1 Whitby had to think about their tactical and positional play and look for gaps in the Stockton defence.
Alex Bagnall, Abi Millward and Ruth Wilkinson were involved more in the play with the Stockton attack making several breaks.
Whitby stepped up the pressure and in the last 10 minutes with some well-worked team play from Jess Purvis, Lisa Mussett and Beth Sanderson – with two minutes to go, Lisa Mussett ploughed through the Stockton defence to score the winner.
Player of the match: Jess Purvis.
Stockton 1 Whitby 2