WHITBY Hockey Club started their season with a confident, outstanding game as they ran up 19 goals.
All the possession was in Whitby’s half with Emily Webster and Beth Grason opening the score line in the first 10 minutes – Emily Webster then went onto score two more sweep shots on goal to make it 4-0.
The Whitby passing skills were superior, weaving the ball in and out of Mackinlay’s mid and defence.
Whitby were unstoppable and Lisa Mussett made it 5-0 from a well-worked short corner.
Beth Sanderson found herself putting pressure on the midfield and struck a hard ball into the top right corner.
With confidence up, the game play flowed with the Mackinlay keeper having a very busy time.
Beth Sanderson made it 7-0 at half-time with a skilful reverse hit into the goal.
The second half saw Danni Halley doing some punishing arced running on the left wing, sometimes eliminating three or four players, and was reward when she picked up a cross from the right to sweep the ball into the net.
Nic Kent worked hard at CF harrying the defence and constantly picking up balls off the keeper to fire home goal number nine.
Sammy Gibson had a quiet game at the back but did some switch of play when she made some great runs up the right wing and struck a ball off a pass from Lisa Mussett.
The 11th goal found Beth Sanderson reverse flicking from the left hand post into the goal.
Sara Thompson had her debut game at RW and went onto to score in a goal mouth scramble.
Goal 13 came from Nicola Kent from a great back pass to the top from Lizette Vincent-Jones.
By this time the players were lining up to take shots on goal with Beth Sanderson hammering one in from the top D and Danni Halley picking up a three-touch move. Beth Grason did a one-on-one with the keeper to make it 16-0.
Paige Beeforth, Jo Braithwaite and Alex Bagnall had a quiet game but any pressure was quickly and efficiently cleaned up and distributed to the forwards.
Beth Sanderson scored a whacking 17th goal from the top of the D with Lizette Vincent-Jones slipping in a reverse flat shot shortly followed by a low right sweep to make the final score line 19-0.
Keeper Kirsty Dixon didn’t get a touch on the ball.
Whitby have been in training since August and it certainly paid off today.
Player of the match: Bethany Sanderson.
Whitby face past title-winners Barnard Castle next week in a much harder game than today, but one Whitby will go into with a strong squad and positive attitude. All supporters welcome.