WHITBY ladies knew this would be the toughest game of the season against current Durham League leaders Stokesley.
Whitby had a strong line-up and the game preparation both physically and mentally really paid off.
Going in with a positive attitude, Whitby opened confidently, having all the possession in the first half.
The midfield of Sarah Thompson, Beth Sanderson and Jo Braithwaite held off any Stokesley attacks and dominated the centre field.
Whitby were rewarded with their first goal after 15 minutes when a shot on goal was cleared by the keeper, to be jumped on by Lisette Vincent-Jones and pushed into the net.
Whitby knew they had to hold tight as an undivided unit which they did exceptionally well.
The second goal came from a short corner rebound from Lisette Vincent-Jones, finding her again in the right position.
With a 2-0 lead, Whitby had high spirits and any penetration from Stokesley was quickly mopped up by Zara Noble, Jacqueline Livera and Frances Livera.
Danni Halley on the left wing made some superb runs with text book perfect hockey and her and Emily Webster proved too strong for the Stokesley defence with their intense attack.
Frances Livera set up the goal of the match when she passed to Sarah Thompson who took on the left defender and passed the ball with perfect timing for Emily Webster to beat the keeper. Whitby led 3-0 at half-time.
Romy Thompson held strong at right inner but was unfortunate not to score.
Stokesley came back a stronger in the second half and Whitby had put so much into the first half that they made a few subs for respite.
A well-worked short corner routine found Danni Halley on the far left post for a first touch goal, leaving the keeper standing.
With 10 minutes to go, Whitby knew they had done enough to secure a win but did not falter on their passing skills. Lisette Vincent-Jones found herself unmarked just outside the attacking 25 and did a surprising solo run on goal to score the final goal, making it
5-0 (her first hat-trick of the season).
This was an outstanding performance, one which Whitby is very proud of.
Their squad consisted of seven under 18 girls which proves that the juniors are the future of the game.
Whitby have had several games and training sessions cancelled due to adverse weather but circuit and indoor hockey work has helped to retain their fitness.
Players of the match: Lisette Vincent-Jones and Jo Braithwaite.
Whitby 5 Stokesley 0