Ladies finish their season on a high with home victory

Morpeth Ladies I 2 Deeside Ladies I 1 North Hockey Women’s League, Division One

MORPETH came from behind to end their campaign with back-to-back wins.

The match began with the hosts in full force and they immediately put the Deeside defence under pressure.

With some effective early breaks upfront from Pollock and Blissett down the right, the ladies in green and gold were able to gain good possession in their attacking half.

The visitors looked threatening only when they managed to break down the middle and they had very little possession in the first 10 minutes, but they took the lead when a quick break took Morpeth by surprise.

The central midfielder managed to break away behind Hamilton and, with speed, surged towards the top of the D. She slipped the ball into the path of her forward, who coolly slotted the ball past Rose.

Morpeth responded well and they developed a tighter structure through the middle with McLean, Dakin and Hamilton linking well and gaining ground in the Deeside midfield.

Some great passages of play down the left saw Watkinson and Pollock make some promising runs into the D but the rewarded penalty corners were unsuccessful. However, the pressure eventually told.

After great hassling down the left by Bryson and Dakin and some effective movement by McLean, the midfield opened up and the ball was played to Hamilton.

She drove into space with the ball and took an early shot at the top of the D, which bounced into the keeper’s left-hand corner to make it 1-1 at half-time.

Both teams went out hard at the start of the second half, with some chances from open play and short corners at both ends. There were great tackles made by Hindmarch and Watkins and some fantastic saves by Rose in defence and the excellent movement of Pollock, Blissett and Watkinson upfront created chances, although the Deesside keeper also made some great saves.

The home side got the upper hand and the winning goal started from a break down the right hand side of the pitch through Blades.

She sent the ball up the line to Pollock, who used her skill to beat the defender along the base line and then played the ball back to McLean in the D.

With a first-time sweep across the face of goal, it was Blissett who found herself in the right place at the right time to take a deflection and touch the ball past the keeper into the back of the goal.

Both sides had chances in the closing stages, but it remained 2-1 at full-time and a determined Morpeth finished the season with three more points.