SLIDESHOW: Whitby ladies defeat Darlington

Whitby ladies stand an excellent chance of a second successive promotion after completing their home fixtures with a home win over Darlington.

Now they are dependant on the results of Durham University who have a game in hand and could leapfrog Whitby, who are currently second, into a promotion spot.

Whitby Hockey Club, back row from left: Jo Braithwaite, Jacqueline Livera, Sarah Thompson, Michelle Myers, Romy Thompson, Jess Hogarth  and Lucy Hogarth; front: Frances Livera, Nikki Gill, Charlotte Jackson, Emily Webster, Natasha Kent and Bethany Sanderson.

Whitby Hockey Club, back row from left: Jo Braithwaite, Jacqueline Livera, Sarah Thompson, Michelle Myers, Romy Thompson, Jess Hogarth and Lucy Hogarth; front: Frances Livera, Nikki Gill, Charlotte Jackson, Emily Webster, Natasha Kent and Bethany Sanderson.

On Saturday, Whitby found themselves under pressure from the start in what turned out to be a good natured game with excellent umpiring.

Darlington’s first strike at goal was ably saved by Charlotte Jackson in the opening minutes.

Against the run of play, Emily Webster managed to score the first goal for Whitby after 15 minutes by beating two defenders and reverse stick striking her shot past the stranded keeper.

Darlington created many chances for themselves but were not clinical in finishing.

Shots were fired wide of goal but deflections at the post were missed. Jackson had to save numerous times and at one time, the ball was saved on the line by a defender.

Michelle Myers, Jess Hogarth and Frances Livera worked hard to reverse the pressure and Beth Sanderson, Jo Braithwaite Gill and Sarah Thompson in midfield made sure to link their passes to the forwards.

Whitby made use of the subs on the bench by rolling players on and off the pitch.

Nicola and Natasha Kent each had shots at goal, as did Romy Thompson and Lucy Hogarth.

Whitby went 2-0 up before the half-time break through a sharp deflection by Nikki Gill.

However, early in the second half Whitby conceded and the game was wide open again.

With 20 minutes to go Whitby, much to Darlington’s disappointment, managed to fumble the ball into the goal to regain their two-goal lead. From then on, the game became a little lacklustre and Darlington lost grip on the game, with exception of a late short corner that Whitby defended well.

This weekend Whitby’s season in Durham clubs division one comes to a close with a match against Stockton Roseberry’s.

Whitby still holds on to second position, but Durham University have a game in hand.

Promotion will depend on the outcomes of the final games played in this division.

Whitby can look back on a successful season after promoting from division two last season and can be proud of their final position this year.

Whitby ladies 3 Darlington 1