Whitby ladies had the privilege of travelling to Gateshead on Saturday on their new minibus provided by sponsor Raithwaite Hall Estate.
The game started off with Gateshead having most of the possession, Whitby could not find any opportunities to work with the ball and this resulted in Gateshead scoring their first goal.
Siobhan Robinson, who played her first game in goal for Whitby ladies, faced some punishing shots but saved these with the help of Zara Noble, Michelle Myers and Jessica Hogarth, who formed a solid defence for Whitby.
Whitby realised they had to pick up their game and work together more as a team to prevent Gateshead gaining any more possession.
Emily Webster picked up a great early ball into Whitby’s attack, worked it to Lisette Vincent-Jones who took a shot on goal.
This was deflected by the keeper but Whitby’s youngest player, Natasha Kent, was waiting for the rebound and scored the first goal.
But Gateshead regained the lead to go in at half-time 2-1 up. Whitby knew Gateshead were tiring and had to go into the second half with a fight.
The second half saw an early goal with Nicola Kent sending an early ball into Whitby’s attack where Jo Braithwaite found herself in great space to score.
With Gateshead struggling to keep up with Whitby’s fitness levels, Emily Webster effortlessly scored Whitby’s third goal. Mother and daughter Nicola and Natasha Kent worked well together down the right wing, finding Sarah Thompson to take a shot on goal.
Again, this was deflected by the keeper but Natasha Kent was on hand to net Whitby’s fourth goal.
Whitby were in high spirits but focused on the game as Gateshead were still putting up a fight.
Millie Storr had a great game, making some strong tackles and punishing runs up the wings.
Beth Sanderson had a few great shots on goal during Whitby’s short corners but Gateshead defended resolutely.
Whitby ended with a final goal from Nicola Kent who carried the ball herself down the right wing, finishing her great run with goal number five.
Gateshead 2 Whitby Ladies 5