Having won the National League North Conference, on Sunday Wakefield 1st team travelled to Beeston to play Sutton Coldfield in the first promotion play off game for a place in the National Premier League.
Wakefield got off to a good start, when Emily McGrath opened the scoring after their first real attack. Sutton fought hard to find an equaliser, with several strong attacks and came close but thanks to solid defending and a goal line save by Rosie Tootell, Wakefield were determined to maintain their lead. At the other end Wakefield won a couple of penalty corners but were unable to add to their score. As the first half drew to the end Sutton struck after being awarded a penalty corner and ensured that the scores were equal at the break.
Sutton struck again at the beginning of the second half and seemed to have secured the win when they were awarded a penalty stroke, which they scored. Wakefield pressed hard to turn the game around and fought hard to turn the game around. In the 50th minute Emma Berry scored a second goal to give Wakefield a life line. In the dying minutes captain Sophie Davies had a chance to equalise with a well struck shot, only to see it saved.
In the corresponding game Bowden lost 2-1 to Slough. Wakefield now have to play Bowden and Slough at Lee Valley on the weekend of the 16th/17th April. As 2 teams will earn a place in the Premier League, there is still everything to play for.
Shortly after the 1st team game Wakefield U18s played Old Loughtonians in the semi final of the EH Cup. 4 of the squad had figured largely in the previous game, but still managed to play a large part in this game. Emma Berry opened the scoring after Georgie Lewis made a strong run down the left. She drove into the D and passed to Berry, who scored. Wakefield had several good chances to add to their score as they dominated the first 20 minutes of the game. In goal Becky Hague was rarely called upon but had to make a string of good saves as Old Loughtonians began to press. With 5 minutes to go they won their first penalty corner, from which they scored. As the game opened up Wakefield had chances to double their score while Alice Blades made a great goal line save just before half time.
A couple of positional changes, at half time, ensured that Wakefield took charge of the game as they started well after the break. Wakefield’s player of the match, Georgie Lewis, was once again involved in their second goal as she won the ball in the Old Lought’s D before finding Aisling Madden, who drove the ball home. In defence, Rosie Williams, Alice Blades and Vivi Way ensured that Old Loughts had few goal scoring chances while also working hard to set up attacks, while Emily McGrath and Claire Berry kept the midfield strong. The forwards, Berry, Lewis, Emily Schorah and Megan Higgs used their pace to keep the defence under a lot of pressure right up to the end of the game.