Late mistake is costly for ladies

Morpeth Ladies I 1 Neston South Wirral Ladies I 2 North Hockey Women’s League, Division One

LUCK evaded the first team again as they lost a tight encounter on Saturday.

The visitors were relatively unknown to Morpeth, but it was soon apparent that they had some useful players in their attacking line-up and they took the lead from a decent break forward.

Hamilton, usually influential in her attacking role at centre-half, had much more of a defensive part to play in order to keep the skilful opposition at bay.

But for much of the game it worked, with the home side managing to maintain possession, particularly in the first half, and create a number of chances.

The rotating forward line of O’Mahony, Pollock, Blissett and Korish worked incessantly to track the ball down and with some excellent movement off the ball, Morpeth’s link-up play and surges into the D looked impressive at times.

Eventually, their hard work paid off and the hosts were awarded a penalty corner, which, unlike the majority so far this season, was executed to perfection.

The ball was slipped right at the top of the D to captain McLean, who played it across the face of goal where Bryson in true textbook fashion swept the ball first time into the backboard.

Excellent drives down the right by Elliot early in the second half gave Korish and Pollock, who was showing great skill and movement, some decent possession.

This led to a penalty corner opportunity and Elliot hit the shot powerfully and cleanly, but it was saved.

Neston had some penalty-corner chances, however, Hindmarch and Hamilton were on hand to clear the ball out of the danger zone.

The game was heading for a draw, but with two minutes remaining, a defensive hit-out mistakenly went straight into the path of the away side’s right forward and she progressed into the D to set up her team-mate with a simple finish.