Whitby make strong start to new campaign

Whitby Hockey ladies played their first division one game at home on Saturday.

A strong Whitby squad are blessed with a skilful and fit squad this season and are hoping to go into this division with vigour.

Opening strongly, Whitby had all the play with Caledonians only having one breakthrough just before half-time.

Whitby has a superb passing game which they have been concentrating on over the summer.

The midfield of Sarah Thompson, Beth Sanderson and Nikki Gill – all of whom have been to Junior Regional Performance training – were solid and dominated play with their stick skills and team play.

Whitby were rewarded from an early short corner when Beth Sanderson opened play with a strong strike from the top of the circle. It was congested in the attacking circle with Caledonians marking in mass but Whitby had another short corner which they converted into a goal from a slip shot to Nicola Kent.

Romy Thompson and Lisette Vincent-Jones made some powerful runs down the right wing with crosses penetrating the defence. Danni Halley had a superb game at left wing – her speed and ball skill left the defence standing and a cross from the right found her coolly slotting a reverse flick into the net.

Emily Webster worked hard at left inner with Nicola Kent battering the oppositions defence constantly. After a goal-mouth scramble Whitby were awarded a penalty flick which Nikki Gill scooped past the keeper for 4-0.

A precise square pass to Lisette Vincent-Jones, who laid the ball off to Emily Webster, resulted in goal number five. Beth Sanderson stormed through, beating several players and hammered a lifted ball into the net for 6-0.

Whitby continued to press with Danni Halley’s textbook perfect reverse flick over the keeper.

Lucy Hoggarth, who had been rolling on and off the pitch, was rewarded with the eighth goal during free play.

Well done to all players – a great team effort and thank you to Mark Hinson for umpiring.

Whitby 8 Hartlepool Caledonians 0