Whitby and Danby suffer heavy defeats to Stockton and Darlo
Whitby Ladies travelled to their temporary home pitch in Norton to take on Stockton, losing 6-3.
The ladies went feeling determined and confident to bring home three points, however this was not the case.
The game started with Whitby in possession of the ball, moving on and off the ball well and making accurate passes.
Stockton had a strong defensive press, making it hard for Whitby to execute any goals and the visitors soon scored two early goals, which put Whitby on the back foot.
Danielle Braithwaite was having a superb game, putting in hard tackles and making strong runs down the wing.
She was able to take a shot from the top of the attacking circle and score the first goal for Whitby, making the half-time score 2-1.
This score remained the same for some time, however Stockton were awarded a penalty-flick and they duly scored their third goal.
The game began to slow down, Stockton put away a further two goals to make it 5-1.
Whitby did manage to find a break in Stockton’s defensive press and Lisette Vincent-Jones was able to sneak a goal in from a re-bounded ball.
Pressed for time, Whitby continued to fight and were awarded a penalty-flick and captain Dani Halley fired in Whitby’s third and final goal.
Stockton soon caught Whitby out on the counter-attack and finished the scoring of with their sixth and final goal of the match.
This game was a huge disappointment for Whitby, however they’ll aim to bounce straight back against Newcastle Ladies this weekend, again at their temporary Norton base.
Danby Ladies faced an uphill task against champions Darlington 4ths.
The Danby outfit knew they were in for a tough afternoon, but decided to stick with their formation of four attackers in the hope of a goal.
Darlington started strong and were always moving in a trio of players.
The league champions were extremely skillful and managed to find the back of the Danby net on a regular basis - but Danby did not let the goals faze them.
Nikki Graham, Katie Hodgson, Karen Dowson and Emma Foster had particularly good games.
They were constantly going in for the tackle, claiming the ball and sending it off towards the midfielders, time and time again stopping Darlington’s attacking strategies.
There were a couple of near misses for attackers Laura Anderson-Cornforth and Chloe Wilson, followed by Lauren Tindall, who was denied just inches from the line by some superb defending from Darlington.
Danby goalkeeper Josie Bowes was in inspired form and was awarded the player of the match award as a result.
By the end of the game the score was 9-0 to Darlington, who ran out the deserved winners.
Danby’s heads never went down and look forward to playing them again next time out to see if they can improve.
The Danby ladies will look to bounce straight back this weekend when they hit the road to take on Richmond Ladies.