Whitby Hockey Club Ladies travelled to Gateshead to play their last game of the season and suffered a 5-1 defeat.
The visitorss had a strong start to the game, their passing was very strong and the girls were moving well together on and off the ball.
Jess Hogarth, Danielle Walker and Lisette Vincent-Jones were playing well together down the left side of the pitch, rolling out well and sending early balls into space to be picked up and driven to Whitby’s forward line.
An early ball was sent by Vincent-Jones to right-winger Millie Storr, who skilfully dribbled the ball into the attacking zone where Emily Webster finished off the goal.
Keeper Ruth Ashley was defending some very had balls, working well with Siobhan Robinson to clear them out of Whitby’s defence.
However, Gateshead were able to score two goals before the half-time whistle went.
The second half again started with Whitby keeping most of the possession, the ladies won several short corners, which Dani Halley was desperately trying to turn into a goal, however the Gateshead goalkeeper was skilfully saving these attempts.
Emma Raw made some fantastic attempts to shoot when she got into Whitby’s attacking zone but she was again unable to turn these into a goal.
Natasha Kent and Jas Parkes made some fantastic tackles and put immense pressure on Gateshead’s players.
The ladies didn’t give up but Gateshead unfortunately won several short corners which were hard to defend.
Right defence Zara Noble tirelessly continued to put pressure on Gateshead’s strikers but these strikes were hard to cope with.
The final goal of the game was scored by Siobhan Robinson, but unfortunately this was straight into Gateshead’s goal, leaving the final score as a 5-1 defeat.
Whitby have had a tremendous season, finishing third place in the Durham Ladies Hockey League’s first division.
The ladies won nine out of the 15 games played, drew one and were only defeated on five occasions.
The ladies had a hard start to the season, seeing the injury bench growing weekly.
The team pulled together and brought up some new younger players, as Jas Parkes became a solid member of the teams’ forward line and Ruth Ashley was a dedicated goal keeper for the team.
Emma Sharp and Jess Fields helped the ladies out on several occasions and their efforts in training didn’t go unnoticed.
The beginning of the season did however see the ladies winning the Durham Area winners’ cup, beating Sunderland Broom in a very intense final.
The ladies won 2-1 and brought home the silverware.
The team have welcomed their new full-time coach Lee Pettitt and would like to thank him for all his hard work during training and support off the pitch.
Karen Sanderson has been concentrating on the junior players, who have also had some amazing successes this season and the club hope to feed some of the juniors into the senior squad in the near future.
The team thanked Dolphin Hotel for their new home kit and support throughout the season and the Whitby Rotary Club for financially supporting their umpire costs.