WHITBY ladies travelled to Barnard Castle for their first match after a six-week break and fell to their first defeat of the season.
Whitby were missing several regular players due to injury and other commitments.
Both teams started slowly with Whitby trying out their new line-up.
The midfield of Jo Braithwaite, Beth Sanderson and Lisa Mussett were solid throughout the first half, setting up a lot of play for the forward line.
After several short corners, Beth Sanderson picked up a rebound and pushed it strongly into the back of the net.
Barnard responded quickly when their CF eliminating several players.
Sammy Gibson was outstanding at centre back, organising the defence and intercepting many Barnard passes and crosses.
Paige Beeforth had a solid game as left defence, closing down any punishing runs from the very fast right wing.
Barnard took the lead from a short corner to make it 2-1. Lisa Mussett found herself with a clean channel to take the ball from the 25m line into the circle and hammer another goal into the net for 2-2 at half-time.
Both teams were tiring but Barnard turned the tables with their very experienced and organised team and caught Whitby on the hop with two quick goals.
This left Whitby a little deflated and although Danni Halley did some punishing runs down the left wing, Whitby could not get the finish they wanted.
Beth Grason held the forward line together, but another quick goal gave Barnard a 5-2 lead.
Whitby were giving everything they had but could not get any structure together in the last 15 minutes. The gap was to large for Whitby to respond and disheartened, Barnard then scored another two goals to make it 7-2.
Kirsty Dixon was superb in goal and made several saves but found herself exposed and in a one v one situation on several occasions.
This is the first loss Whitby have had for a long time and they will face another tough team next Sunday when they play Stokesley – they will go into their next game with strength and determination to pull back the points.
Player of the match: Sammy Gibson