Disappointing defeat

Morpeth Ladies I 1 Newcastle University Ladies I 4 North Hockey Women’s League, Division One

MORPETH started their home campaign keen to build on their first league victory of the season.

Both sides had early openings, but it was the visitors who took the lead when they managed to overlap on the Morpeth left. With too many players to mark, their centre-forward created a yard for herself and bulleted a reverse-stick shot past the stranded Rose.

Undaunted, the hosts put some fluid moves together as the new members of the team found their feet. Indeed, they were unlucky not to equalise from a well-worked short corner, but the students managed to scramble the ball off the line.

And Newcastle Uni doubled their lead when a high shot from a wide angle rebounded off the bar and the ball fell neatly to another student attacker who had the simple task of knocking the ball home from less than a yard.

Feeling a little aggrieved, Morpeth came out of the half-time break determined to get back on terms. And they started with much more urgency and soon had the University side on the back foot.

O’Mahony and McLean combined well, with the latter slotting the ball past the advancing keeper with ease.

With the momentum now with them, Morpeth pushed forward for the equaliser. However, they fell victim to the sucker punch of a quick break.

With the home defence again slightly outnumbered, a dangerous cross came over and the striker reacted quickest to deflect the ball beyond Rose.

The home side continued to create chances, but any chance of a comeback was finally thwarted by the umpire sending off Bryson for raising her stick too high.

It was a harsh decision and with the defence still trying to sort themselves out, the University struck again with the centre-forward hitting yet another strong strike onto the corner of the backboards to make the final score 1-4.