Sanderson strike guides Whitby to glory

Durham School 1 Whitby Ladies 2

Whitby Hockey Club ladies pulled off a useful win away to Durham school against tough opposition.

Whitby knew they would have to make short accurate passes to work the ball around the Durham squad.

The game started with Durham having most of the possession.

Whitby’s defence of Michelle Myers, Jess Hogarth and Siobhan Robinson were working as a strong unit across the back line but Durham scored an early first goal.

Whitby continued working hard for the ball; Jacqueline Livera and Beth Sanderson were working well together to carry the ball down to forwards Lisette Vincent-Jones and Emily Webster.

Whitby were awarded several short corners and on the second, Emily Webster received a ball from Beth Sanderson and scored Whitby’s first goal to level matters at the break.

Whitby continued to work well in the second half, moving Emma Raw onto the left wing she was able to receive some strong accurate passes from Sarah Thompson.

Whitby were working as a strong unit making it hard for Durham to gain possessions of the ball.

Coach Karen Sanderson made some great tackles and kept Whitby’s formation strong, moving players around to fit the game. Lucy Hogarth had a great game marking well and passing very accurately.

Zara Noble played in several positions; her fitness enabled her to move on and off the ball with ease passing to midfielder Beth Sanderson who was using her ball skills to move round Durham players.

Whitby were awarded another short corner, where Beth Sanderson got into a great position to score and put Whitby in front.

With tensions rising, Whitby’s defence was working tightly to get rid of the ball,

Durham were awarded a short corner with only two minutes left to play, keeper Kirsty Dixon and her defence cleared the ball. Then another short corner was awarded.

With time now in Durham’s hands, they moved all their players into the scoring D.

Whitby fought well and again cleared the ball to win the match.

Player of the match: Michelle Myers - great tackles and ability to clear the ball out of Whitby’s defence.

Whitby are currently in second place and play their last game on Saturday (March 21), at home at 1pm.

All supporters welcome.

The ladies thank Raithwaite Hall for use of their minibus.