Wakefield Ladies II 0 Morpeth Ladies I 2 North Hockey Women’s League, Division One
AFTER a frustrating result last week, Morpeth were keen to find some form in their first away game of the season and on an unfamiliar blue water-based pitch, Wakefield were certainly not going to be easy.
An energetic first 10 minutes saw Wakefield maintain the majority of possession but a tight Morpeth forced the home side to remain in their own final third.
Lacking any clear channels in which to make a breakthrough, the home side were forced to make errors and some tireless running by Pollock, Hagan and Quemby up front ensured that the girls were quick to regain possession and build a counter-attack.
Some good link-up play down the right from Quemby and Pollock caused the defence problems and it was midway through the first half that they earned their first penalty corner.
A clear straight strike from Bell was saved by the young keeper who forced it wide into the path of Hagan.
The ball was fed across goal to Bowler who, with great composure, calmly lifted the ball over the diving goalie and into the backboard.
A half-time substitution found Blissett in a centre-forward role and within minutes of the second half commencing, it was clear that this position suited her well.
An excellent team effort allowed Morpeth to double their lead with Blissett on the far post reacting quickly to a bouncing ball across goal by knocking into the bottom right hand corner.
Man-of-the-match Bryson at left-half made some fine clearances off the line to guarantee a clean sheet.
With just three minutes remaining, another Wakefield penalty corner resulted in a flick being awarded with a potential nervous final few moments looming.
The ever-resilient Rose in goal refused to be beaten and deprived the Wakefield attacker of a goal.
Team: Rose, Hindmarch, Watkins, Hamilton, Bryson, Bowler, Bell, Pollock, Quemby, Elliot, Blissett, Hagan.