Defeat to Formby before thumping Gateshead

Hector Hall, in red, who scored for Whitley Bay and Tyne men's first team.
Hector Hall, in red, who scored for Whitley Bay and Tyne men's first team.

Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club men’s first team had a double game weekend, which was kicked off with the visit of Formby on Saturday.

The game was a tight affair with both teams playing good passing hockey.

Very few open play chances were created by both teams, but it was Formby who took the three points when they clinically converted two of their three penalty corners to clinch the game 2-0.

On Sunday Tyne faced local rivals Gateshead and bounced back with a devastating 7-1 win.

Alex Belshire gave a man of the match performance with four goals and an assist to finish the weekend on a high.

Hector Hall scored a brilliant individual goal after being under pressure from a defender, with a superb advantage played by the umpire, Simon Little.

Whitley Bay and Tyne travel to Manchester to face Bowdon next weekend.

Meanwhile the ladies’ second team’s second match of 2016 was a home fixture against top of the league Didsbury Greys Ladies firsts.

After a positive start to the year with a win at Morpeth, spirits were high for what they knew was going to be a tough game.

From the first push back the intensity was high from both teams, however, most of the possession fell into Bay’s hands.

They created several opportunities within the first 20 minutes but were unable to convert their chances.

When the ball fell to Didsbury Grey’s Ladies from a hit out, a gap was found within Bay’s defence, and with speed and skill from their left half, Didsbury quickly progressed up the sideline and this quick break by the opposition caught Bay on the back foot and with sharp finishing from one of their forwards they scored.

Within seconds a clinical counter attack saw Didsbury score a second.

Whitley’s ladies started the second half with a new found drive and their defence managed to weather the storm and no further goals were conceded as they worked tirelessly as a team, making it difficult for the opposition’s back four to penetrate.

When possession was gained by Bay they matched Didsbury’s attack, leading to five penalty corners, with very near misses from Nicki Wood and Lottie Gill.

The last 15 minutes saw a shift in the opposition to match Whitley’s change of pace with a higher level of physicality, resulting in two green cards and a yellow for Didsbury.

Bay attempted to utilise these periods of play but again, whilst fantastic opportunities were created they failed to break the Didsbury defence down.

Other results: Men’s 3rds 2 Jesmond Parish Church 2nds 2; Ladies’ 3rds 0 Durham City 1sts 3.