WHITBY ladies’ hockey team travelled to Redcar on Sunday for their second to last game of the season.
Fielding a young attacking forward line, they opened strongly dominating the first 10 minutes.
Mackinlay were defending in mass with 10 players in the attacking 25 most of the match.
Dani Halley, Beth Sanderson stepping in as centr forward and Emily Webster making her debut had several shots on goal and with the back-up of the powerful Lisa Mussett, they tried to find the gaps.
Eventually they were rewarded with a goal from Beth Sanderson who, after eliminating several players, flicked it past the keeper’s left side.
Emily Webster settled in well at right inne, and was very strong on her pick up shots to sweep the second goal home.
Lisa Mussett hit a perfect ball with such power from the top of the D to make it 3-0.
Mackinlay were now under constant pressure from Whitby with Sammy Gibson and Jo Braithwaite closing down any midfield play.
Emily Webster found herself perfectly positioned again to touch the ball in at the far post just before half-time.
Whitby reshuffled their players during the second half, giving Sammy Gibson an opportunity on the forward line.
Link play with Jo Braithwaite and Dani Halley resulted in perfect passing play.
Karen Sanderson and Alex Bagnall worked well at the back closing down any stray balls into their area.
Beth Sanderson found a gap down the middle of the pitch slotting the fifth goal home.
Whitby were well on form with Lizette Vincent-Jones doing some punishing runs down the right wing.
She was unlucky on several occasions not to connect on the far post.
The last game came from a short corner well worked with Karen Sanderson and Lisa Mussett to connect a clean shot into the far corner of the net.
Beth Sanderson was awarded player of the match for her skilful stick and team play.
Whitby have a break next weekend but face their biggest rivals, league title holders Barnard Castle, on Sunday 6 March when they hope to field their strongest team yet.
Whitby 7 Mackinlay 0