Ben Rhydding 1st X1 0 Wakefield 1st X1 1
One goal divided the teams in a tight game at Ben Rhydding. The game could have gone either way until Cat Horne broke the deadlock midway through the second half. Rhydding fought hard to equalise but the Wakefield defence stood strong. Wakefield retain their lead at the top of North Conference. They play their last game, before the Christmas break, at home on Saturday, hosting Beeston at 1.30 at College Grove.
Brooklands 2nd X1 1 Wakefield 2nd X1 2
Wakefield started the game well, attacking strongly. Vicki Green opened the scoring in the seventh minute with an excellent shot after good team work. Brooklands bounced back attacking from the restart. Wakefield keeper, Becky Hague brought off an excellent save but was thwarted minutes later when careless defending allowed Brooklands to equalise. The game was played at a high pace with play moving from end to end. Towards the end of the first half the visitors regained the lead after an excellent drive into the D by Emily Schorah to set up Julia Butterworth. Her shot rifled into the top corner beating the keeper. Wakefield worked hard to maintain their lead in the second half while Brooklands attacked throughout the half. In goal, Wakefield’s player of the match, Hague, pulled off some more great saves to keep Brooklands out including 2 penalty corners at the end of the game. Wakefield stay top of North Division 1. They host Bolton at College Grove on Saturday. Pushback at 3.00 pm.
On Sunday, the U18 girls travelled to Timperley in the third round of the EH Cup. In an entertaining, high pace game either team could have opened the scoring. Wakefield keeper Becky Hague brought off a good save midway through the first half to keep the score at 0-0 while at the other end Wakefield squandered goal scoring chances. Eventually Emily Schorah broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute and followed up with a second goal two minutes later. The Wakefield defence worked well together to keep the Timperley attac at bay while McGrath and Rosie Williams worked tirelessly in midfield to keep pressure on the home side. Before the end of the first half Megan Higgs added a third goal as Wakefield began to dominate play. In the scond half, Timperley attacked fom the start but were unable to beat the outstanding Hague in the Wakefield goal. Wakefield rallied and kept control of the game adding a fourth goal with a superb back hand shot from Aisling Madden. Wakefield’s player of the match was shared with Becky Hague and Emily McGrath. They will play Oxford Hawks, away, in the quarter final on February 28th.