Ladies’ 1s v Sheffield on Saturday and Doncaster on Sunday
It was a weekend full of hockey for Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Ladies 1s with two rearranged matches to play. Saturday’s game against Sheffield Hallam was going to be tough as they were currently fighting a relegation battle at the bottom of the table. Whitley were dominant from the whistle and played some great attacking play down the left and right sides. Unable to deal with the momentum, Sheffield were soon 1-0 down following a deflection from Joss Plummer. This was quickly followed by Joss’s twin, Alex, securing a far post deflection from a short corner. Towards the end of half time Sheffield were becoming more confident with the ball. However, this was knocked backed once again by a ruthless finish from Jenny Bilton who placed the ball carefully in the left hand corner. The second half showed a much more resilient Sheffield and although chances were made, Whitley were unable to convert any in the second half. Final score was 3-0 to the Bay.
Whitley then returned on Sunday for a 2nd place contest against Doncaster, a team with very similar results and a team still in contention for promotion. This was not a team to underestimate. Doncaster came out strongly and a physical battle was endured on the pitch. Whitley rode this pressure well and were clinical in the circle, winning a short corner which was converted with class by Lottie Gill. Doncaster reacted in force to this goal and attacked with grit and determination. Whitely tried to absorb this pressure and defend outside the D ,but a foot in the circle led to a penalty corner for Doncaster. Clinical finishing on the far post put Donny back to 1-1. It was not over for goals in the first half as with a quick free hit from Whitley Bay, Alex Plummer fired the ball across the goal which was deflected in by Jess Metcalfe. The second half was fiercely contested with Doncaster counter attacking wide forcing Whitely Bay’s keeper, Jo Spotswood, to make some fantastic saves. Much to Doncaster’s frustration they could not convert any of their chance ,with the final score being 2-1 and a tidy 6 points picked up by the Bay across the weekend.