Whitley Bay women’s firsts lose close encounter

Whitley Bay Hockey Club Ladies’ firsts went into Saturday’s fixture against Loughborough looking to make amends for a below par performance the week before.

The game started at a high tempo with Bay controlling the game and looking composed.

The deadlock was broken on 23 minutes when Cath Pendlebury made a superb run up the right wing, by-passing the goalkeeper for Charlotte Marwood to calmly score her first of the season.

Loughborough threatened very little and Whitley Bay led 1-0 at half-time.

Loughborough came out fighting after the break and Bay had to weather the storm and fiercely defend a number of penalty corners.

Whitley Bay captain Alison Gordon was given a yellow card on 54 minutes and Bay were down to ten player.

Loughborough broke with the ball and Newlyn reverse hit the ball from the top of the circle to finish clinically and level the game at 1-1.

Both teams continued to play end to end hockey at a high pace but Loughborough were generating more outcomes from their possession.

With five minutes remaining Whitley Bay conceded a corner which was converted by Tait.

In the final few minutes of the match Whitley Bay tried to find an equaliser, coming close on a number of occasions, but eventually time ran out.