On Sunday, Wakefield travelled to Durham knowing a win would secure them 4th place in the NHL. But it was Durham who settled quickest and pressed the Wakefield goal. On 20 minutes poor marking led to Durham taking the lead with a strike from wide left. Wakefield started to keep possession better but still failed to find the quality in their final pass.
After half time, Durham lost their discipline and for a period were down to 9 men. But Wakefield failed to use the full width and height of the pitch, dribbling the ball into group defence far too often.
The Wakefield attack penalty corner failed to function in spite of 6 corners and Durham put the match out of reach when their captain, Galloway, scored their second goal.
Wakefield host clear league leaders Bowden from Manchester next Sunday at 1.30pm. Results in the league worked in Wakefield’s favour with all the teams around them dropping points. So a win on Sunday could see Wakefield jump to 3rd place in the NHL and set up the local derby against Doncaster on 28th Feb.
N Hughes (15 Feb 2015)