Men’s hockey team get back to winning ways

Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club’s Men’s first team got back to winning ways with a comfortable 3-0 win over Ben Rhydding.

The home team started the game with high intensity and enjoyed much of the possession throughout the first half as they patiently looked for ways to break down Ben Rhydding.

The opening goal came after good work down the right hand side by Will Smith who found Chris Traynor free in the circle to apply the finish from close range.

WBTHC continued to push forward for a second goal and the pressure eventually told when Traynor was again on hand to double the lead when he rounded the keeper and slotted the ball neatly into the far corner.

Although being two goals down the away team continued to sit deep making it very difficult for WBTHC to add further goals, despite their dominance in possession.

Blair Fotheringham in goal for WBTHC, although largely a spectator throughout, was forced to make two excellent saves from breakaway short corners.

Finally, in the closing 10 minutes the pressure finally told and Traynor was able to complete his hat-trick with a finish low into the bottom corner.

• The ladies first team travelled to Manchester to face Conference North leaders Brooklands Poynton looking for revenge following a 3-0 defeat earlier in the season.

The fixture started how the previous game had ended with Whitley Bay finding it difficult to play the ball out of defence and Brooklands dominating possession.

The home team carved out chance after chance without converting and the Bay thought they had weathered the storm until 23rd minute when Brooklands played the ball down the baseline and slipped it to the penalty spot for Helen Turner to convert with an easy tap in.

The second half saw a change in formation from the away team which created more width and improved possession.

Whitley Bay started to dominate the game, awarded a number of penalty corners which the Brooklands keeper and defence managed to stand firm to.

Although Whitley Bay’s second half performance was much improved from the first half, Brooklands were able to see out of the game and collect another three points in their pursuit of promotion to the premier league.

Whitley Bay take a lot from the game and performance as they look forward to this weekend’s home fixture against Ben Rydding at 12.30pm, The Parks Sports Centre.