Morpeth sweep Broom aside

Morpeth Ladies I 3 Broom Ladies I 0 North Hockey League, Division One

THEY only had one warm-up match but Morpeth Ladies still started their season with a bang.

Straight from the whistle, they looked to take charge of the game, with Corbett and Hagan combining early to put the Broom defence under pressure.

Eventually, they had to foul to stop the onslaught and from the resultant short-corner, Cockburn struck a crisp, rising shot goalward.

The height was such that the defender on the line could only deflect the ball into the roof of the net.

With Broom still on the ropes, Morpeth took control of the midfield with Wilson, Bowler and Cockburn working hard to break up the play.

And goal number two came when a drive into the circle by debutant Pollock won another short-corner.

Hagan’s pass didn’t quite fall straight to Corbett on the stick stop and it looked like the opportunity had gone.

However, the Irish centre-forward recovered quickly and still got an accurate shot away before the advancing defence could close her down. The reassuring clatter of the backboard was the result with the lead doubled.

Perhaps not surprisingly, given the frenetic start, the pace and intensity dropped a little and Broom started to get more possession.

However, Watkins and Hindmarch looked comfortable in defence and were able to mop up any attacks before they threatened the goal.

The visitors were able to force Morpeth back at times in the second half and they won a couple of short-corners, although Rose was able to deal with the resulting shots.

The home side sealed the win from a short corner once again. This time Morpeth changed their tactics with Hagan taking the straight strike and she hit a rocket past the stunned keeper before she had a chance to react.

Player-of-the-match: Teleri Wilson.