Wins for Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club's men's and ladies' first teams
Whitley Bay and Tynemouth men's first team may have travelled to Sheffield University with a depleted squad, but that did not stop them executing a brilliant tactical display to bring back all three points.
They were content to let Sheffield have the ball in their own half as they stayed tight and worked together and hit Sheffield on the break.
James Talbot used his pace and broke several times early in the game and looked a constant threat throughout, and he opened the scoring after a good by-line run and pull back from Simon Miles.
The visitors doubled their lead early in the second half as Chris Traynor was able to finish off from close range as an initial shot was well saved from the Sheffield keeper.
Sheffield did not give in and continued to enjoy possession but with a lack of cutting edge.
They pulled a goal back, although Whitley Bay felt hard done by as a swing and a miss from the Sheffield forward was left unpunished and meant he had plenty of time and space at his second attempt to slot the ball into the bottom right hand corner.
Sheffield threw everything at Bay over the next ten minutes, but the away side used all their experience and defended resolutely before the game was put to bed when Jonathan Stoddart was found unmarked at the back post to finish from close range after a counter attack from the left.
Meanwhile the ladies’ first team, following a 7-0 win at home against York the previous week, travelled to Neston and repeated the scoreline.
Whitley went into the game knowing that Neston have conceded few goals over the season.
On ten minutes Whitley broke their defence and by half-time they led 2-0.
In the second half Whitley replicated last week’s performance and tallied a total of five more goals.
In the last few minutes Neston won a penalty stroke, however, Whitley goalkeeper Jo Spotswood made a great save and the team maintained a clean sheet.
A solid performance and Whitley return home to play top of the league Flyde this coming weekend.
Other results: Ladies’ 2nds 1 Brooklands 7; Ladies’ 4ths 1 North Shields 1sts 2; Men’s 2nds 0 Marton Furness 1sts 2; Men’s 3rds 0 Darlington 1.