Confident win moves Whitby up league table

Whitby travelled to Thirsk Army Barracks to play Northallerton on Sunday.

The Whitby ladies found the pitch very heavy in the first half as the ball was running unusually slowly.

After about 20 minutes, Whitby settled in with Lisa Mussett, Beth Sanderson and guest player Nikki Gill setting up some brutal presses against the Northallerton defence.

Lizette Vincent-Jones and Nicola Kent complemented each other on the right, but could not get the ball into the back of the net.

Dannielle Halley made some good crosses from the left but with very limited space for the attack to pick up on.

Jessica Purvis showed outstanding stick work, but again was unable to penetrate the defence.

Eventually Beth Sanderson collected a pass from Jessica Purvis, drove into the circle and pushed into bottom left of the net.

Whitby needed this goal to get their drive into gear and shortly afterwards, Lisa Mussett hammered another goal home for 2-0.

After a keen run from Northallerton’s right wing, who eliminated Jo Braithwaite, this set up a chance for Northallerton to score their first goal for 2-1 at half-time.

The second half saw Karen Sanderson cutting out some punishing runs from the Northallerton defence and linking up with Alex Bagnall and Jo Braithwaite ensuring all offensive play was quickly broken down.

Sammy Gibson, who bravely played for the first time in goal, had a touch on the ball several times with confidence and calmness.

Whitby had a gear change in the second half and team fitness prevailed with Liette Vincent-Jones rebounding goal three.

Lisa Mussett scored a superb power goal off a well worked short corner.

Whitby were in full control with Nikki Gill and Nicola Kent pressing hard into the circle. Another powerful shot from player of the match Lisa Mussett finished the score at 5-1.

This was good solid hockey all round and a confident win, moving Whitby up the league table.

Over the past three weeks Whitby, have had some good wins both at home and away, beating Guisborough and Tioxode 3-0, with Jessica Purvis player of the match both times.

With some promising younger players now coming through the balance of experience,

fitness and skills is now paying off with good results.

Whitby 5 Northallerton 1