Whitby’s game against Durham was their hardest game to date, considering that Durham finished 2nd in division one last season.
Whitby started off strong with some great chances from Nicola Kent and Emily Webster on the forward line.
Whitby played consistently well with some great transfers and long balls giving them the best opportunity to score.
Durham took advance of the counter attack and managed to slip a shot past the keeper for 0-1.
Whitby fought back immediately with some great passing from Jacqueline Livera and Zara Noble. Nicola Kent cleverly knocked the ball onto the opposition’s feet to receive a short corner.
A solid, accurate injection from Dani Halley came to Beth Sanderson on the top of the ‘D’ who then managed to slightly lift the ball and bang it into the back of the net.
Sarah Thompson was like a brick wall in right midfield, nothing could get through her block tackling.
Dani Halley then had a great ball crossed in from Nikki Gill and went for a reverse shot aiming for the top corner, but it clipped a post and bounced off the pitch.
Durham quickly took a hit out and won a short corner, where their right attack slipped another one into the back of the net for 1-2.
Whitby had to react quickly to get back into the game. A superb pass from Karen Sanderson met Lucy Hogarth and with her fantastic first touch she got the ball to Romy Thompson who reached out and lifted the ball over the keeper.
Durham soon got another goal which made the score 2-3 before half-time.
After a tactical team talk Whitby put all their last efforts in to get Durham stuck in their defending half to receive a short corner.
Another great injection from Dani Halley met Beth Sanderson at the top of the ‘D’. Beth then did a disguise shot and confused the defence and keeper to level at 3-3.
Emily had some great slap shots on goal, but their keeper cleared them out. Romy and Lucy worked extremely well together creating multiple chances of a goal, but none were successful. Zara and Jacqui showed some impressive skills and channelling, but Durham hammered into the back of the net from a short corner to take the lead with only five minutes to go.
Whitby kept battling until the end but it was too late.
A very challenging game, but the whole team should be proud of how much effort they put into it.
Man of the match: Beth Sanderson
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