Whitby Ladies travelled to Durham on Saturday where they faced Durham University.
The game started with Durham keeping much of the possession of the ball, making Whitby have to work hard to intercept their passes, but when they did get hold of the ball, they tried hard to keep possession.
Midfielder Dani Halley worked well to try and change the direction of play, and put some long-balls through to Whitby’s forward players.
The away side’s defence gave a superb performance and only let one goal in in the first half, despite Durham’s dominance.
Goalkeeper Ruth Ashley had a very strong game, using new skills practiced in training, she was confident and co-ordinated the defence well.
Whitby were 1-0 down at half-time and still in with a shout in the second half.
The second half started more positively for Whitby and Dani Halley was able to find left-winger Lisette Vincent-Jones, who sent the play into Whitby’s attacking zone, but the attack came to nothing.
Jas Parks made some exceptional runs onto the ball and Zara Noble was putting in some strong tackles as Whitby fought hard to stay in the game.
However, Durham soon made a counter-attack and won themselves several short corners, leading to them taking the lead and dominating the scoresheet.
Michelle Myers had a very confident game and didn’t give up defending Whitby’s right post.
Siobhan Robinson cleared the ball accurately and took a hammering as centre-back as Durham were contemplating shot after shot on goal.
Jess Hogarth managed to make a great ball to left-mid-fielder Danielle Walker, who put a strong ball into space.
It was picked up and well worked by Emma Raw, Millie Storr and Natasha Kent, and Whitby were able to score their first goal of the game.
Unfortunately the game ended 5-1 to Durham, Whitby didn’t give up fighting and couldn’t have given anymore against impressive opposition.
Durham now go top of the league and the fight for second place will take place this weekend between Marton Furness and Whitby Ladies.