Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club Ladies’ 2nds travelled to Wakefield with a depleted squad due to illness and injury.
The game started at a fast pace and Whitley matched Wakefield’s aggressive pressure with chances being created at both ends but neither team were able to break the deadlock.
Twenty minutes into the first half Wakefield were awarded a penalty corner. The ball was slipped right and then back to a player who was waiting at the penalty spot to slot the ball home.
Whitley Bay were keen to stick to the game plan – preventing Wakefield from playing their usual attacking style of hockey.
They created opportunities of their own with Clare Taylor making effective use of the aerial out of defence, allowing Whitley to create chances for forwards to attack the space.
Whitley dominated the second half but were unlucky not to convert their chances.
Midway through the half, after confusion as to which team had been awarded a free hit just outside the attacking 25, Wakefield took advantage of the situation with two players bearing down on goal and scored to make it 2-0.
Wakefield were awarded a penalty stroke which was saved by keeper Nat Favell, and Whitley responded with some great attacking play from Lottie Gill through centre half, weaving past four Wakefield players, finishing with a top shot at the top of the circle which was deflected narrowly went wide.
The visitors kept the pressure on and were awarded a further penalty corner which Gill used her effective drag flick to put Whitley back in the game.
Unfortunately they were unable to get an equaliser that would have been a well-deserved point.
Whitley can take confidence from their performance and will have high expectations for their remaining games of the season.
A good team performance with outstanding individual efforts from Sam Kuss, Taylor, Gill, Nicki Wood and Favell.