A win for the ladies but a defeat for the men
Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club's ladies' firsts hosted Springfields on Saturday with an aim of coming away with three points.
The game began with a strong start form Whitley Bay and Tynemouth who controlled possession and made several attacks.
In the seventh minute a powerful strike resulted in a fantastic goal from Joss Plummer.
The game then became more end to end and Springfields were then awarded a penalty corner which was defended bravely and cleared by Whitley Bay’s goalkeeper.
Close to the end of the first half Whitley Bay were awarded two penalty corners but were unable to convert either.
In the second half both side’s failed to convert penalty corners, but due to numerous cards Whitley Bay were down to nine players for the closing minutes, but they held on for the win.
Meanwhile Tyne men’s firsts made the short trip down the A1 to face Durham University.
The home team survived a series of penalty corners and their keeper also made a vital save from close range after a good passing move.
Then on the stroke of half-time, Durham burst forward and their young left back produced a great reverse strike into the far corner to give them a somewhat fortunate half-time lead.
Tyne forced their way back into the game when Nathanial Ray got on the end of a crashed ball to deflect low into the Durham goal for the equaliser.
Despite the goal, Tyne struggled to get hold of the ball as the University side used their full squad of 16 players.
This pressure eventually told and Durham won and converted a penalty corner to give them a vital three points in their fight for relegation and leave Tyne feeling frustrated.
Other results: Ladies’ 2nds 2 Ben Rhydding 2; Men’s 2nds 4 Tynedale 1sts 1; Ladies’ 3rds 3 Stockton Roseberry 2; Men’s 3rds 5 Stockton 1.