Whitby ladies travelled to Darlington on Saturday with the thanks of Raithwaite Hall for the use for their mini bus.
Whitby had travelled with a strong squad of 13 players and they were all ready for a game after having missed several matches due to poor weather conditions. The game started with Whitby having most of the possession of the ball, passing well using new skills they have been developing in training.
Whitby’s midfield Beth Sanderson, Sarah Thompson and Jo Braithwaite were holding the ball in Whitby’s attacking side, making it hard for Darlington to carry the ball.
Whitby gained their first goal which was a battle between Darlington’s goalkeeper and Nicola Kent, however Lisette Vincent-Jones managed to get her stick onto the ball to successfully finish.
Lisette Vincent-Jones then found herself in a great position to receive a ball off Siobhan Robinson. She carried the ball down the right wing, working in great partnership with Nicola Kent.
Lisette was able to receive the ball off Nicola on her reverse stick and score the second goal for Whitby.
Darlington found a gap in Whitby’s formation and managed to score their first goal. This was an unfortunate as Kirsty Dixon had made some strong, powerful saves to stop Darlington’s previous attempts to score.
Darlington were beginning to pick up their game and make some strong passes to work the ball down into Whitbys defence. Zara Noble and Jess Hogarth worked well together to get rid of the ball from defence and send it back down the left wing, where Lisette Vincent-Jones was open to pick up the ball and score Whitby’s third goal.
Whitby’s fitness showed hugely in the second half, and the team continued working the ball up and down the pitch, making Darlington have to work hard to get possession.
Natasha and Nicola Kent were working well together and found Emily Webster in good space at the top of the D to score a powerful fourth goal for Whitby.
Being in such a fortunate position but still having to work hard to keep possession of the ball, Whitby made some changes to the players’ formation. Zara Noble pushed forward and made some great runs with Jackie Livera, leaving Michelle Myers holding the defence strong on the right.
Whitby were awarded a short corner. This was taken by Jo Braithwaite and received by Beth Sanderson who made a great pass to Emily Webster who scored another goal for Whitby.
With only minutes left, Nicola Kent found Emily Webster in a great position to score Whitby’s final goal, leaving the end result 6-1.
Everyone played well with a lot of support from coach Karen Sanderson.