Victory for ladies in exciting encounter

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Morpeth Ladies I 3 Didsbury Greys Ladies I 2 North Hockey Women’s League, Division One

Morpeth bounced back from an away defeat in their season opener with a home win on Saturday.

The visitors got off to an attacking start with two short corners in the first ten minutes, but the girls in green and gold held on with some solid defending

The pace of the game then picked up and the possession turned Morpeth’s way, with slick passing between the midfield and forward line leading to their first short corner.

A save made by the goalkeeper from the first strike unluckily hit a defender’s foot to give Morpeth another chance.

A good move from the second attempt saw the ball fired across the D straight to Lucy Dakin’s awaiting stick and she placed it into the goal (1-0).

The hosts’ momentum kept increasing and before long some silky skills from Teleri Hamilton led to another goal.

Half time came and Didsbury were not out of the game yet, coming out in the second half pressing hard on the defence. An unfortunate yellow card for Karen Hindmarch led to Morpeth being caught on the break by the opposition’s rapid attack, for which they were awarded a short corner.

A well executed bit of play and a shot deflected over the keeper’s reach meant Didsbury were back in it, then continued pressure and some quick one-twos around the defence created another opportunity for the away side, which was taken (2-2).

The game was end-to-end in the final 10 minutes and Morpeth had a great chance to take the lead when they won a short corner thanks to some wizard stick-work from Lindsay Moore into the D after a cracking ball down the line by Sally Bryson.

The strike was saved off the line, but back into a defender’s foot so a second short corner was given.

This time, a beautiful ball across the goal was deflected into the goal by player-of-the-match Dakin to give Morpeth all three points.