Hockey match report from Ladies 2s for Saturday 5th March 2016
Wakefield 2nds 3 Didsbury Greys 1
This top of the table clash proved to be a hard fought, exciting game. Wakefield attacked from the first whistle, using their pace to put pressure on the visiting defence. Wakefield drew first blood after a series of penalty corners, where Alice Blades had a fine shot saved. Minutes later Gabby Leeson scored with a shot from a fine angle, after the first shot had been saved. Her shot was parried by the keeper but crossed the line with Julia Butterworth ready to help it on its way, if needed. Didsbury had come close after a counterattack, but a rising shot was deftly deflected onto the crossbar by keeper Maddie Taylor, who had little else to do for the rest of the half. Leeson and Butterworth were denied a second goal after winning another penalty corner. Wakefield’s midfield and forwards worked well together, while the defence were rarely put under pressure. The second half saw Didsbury quick out of the blocks. Taylor was called on to make another good save, but then Wakefield regained control. Harriet White had a good shot saved. Minutes later, junior player Rafa Brandao-Lee took on several Didsbury players before driving into the D and winning a penalty corner. Alice Blades’ shot was unstoppable. Didsbury never gave up, but found Wakefield’s team work difficult to break down. In midfield, Lauren Brooke and Ash Madden broke down play regularly. Another penalty corner with 10 minutes to go and Leeson added a third goal. In the dying minutes, Didsbury grabbed a consolation goal.
Wakefield are now 6 points clear at the top of the table with 2 games to play. They host Lancaster on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Alice Blades was Wakefield’s player of the match.