Whitley Bay and Tynemouth Hockey Club’s Men’s first team faced Leeds on Saturday, determined to get revenge for a hammering the Yorkshiremen inflicted on them earlier in the season.
The Tyne team started at a high pace and pushed Leeds back in the earlier stages, and they made their possession and pressure count when Phil Ithurralde converted with a low drag flick from a penalty corner.
The lead was doubled soon after when Stoddart was released from midfield and fired the ball home from the top of the area.
The second half started much like the first with the home team controlling the ball and the tempo of the game.
Hector Hall, who was lively in attack all game, latched onto a pass in the circle and cheekily lifted the ball over the keeper’s head to extend the score to 3-0.
Leeds looked well beaten but they managed to give themselves a glimmer of hope when they converted from a penalty corner.
Tyne continued to attack at will and Ithurralde grabbed his second after a quick midfield break to finish well into the bottom corner from the top of the area.
At 4-1 and cruising, the game should have been over, but a yellow card for Ithurralde meant a crazy last ten minutes saw Leeds score two in three minutes to leave Tyne in panic mode.
But they held out and the game finished 4-3 and a deserved win for the home team.
Meanwhile Whitley Bay Ladies’ 2nds travelled across the Pennines to face Lancaster in a lower table clash.
Whitley got off to a slow and sluggish start and were caught riding a wave of pressure inside the first 25 minutes.
They were lucky not to concede and managed to catch Lancaster on the counter attack and Emily Parker put them in front.
Whitley went out in the second half and instantly created more opportunities but failed to covert the chances coming from the more flowing hockey that was being played.
But they kept a better defensive shape in the second half when facing pressure from a resilient Lancaster.
Whitley broke the second half deadlock with Lottie Gill stepping up for a drag flick and Sam Kuss pouncing on the rebound off the keeper.
From the restart, Kaitlyn Newby put pressure on the Lancaster forward, stealing the ball and instantly setting up a counter attack with Angela crane finding space on the right and crashing the ball in across the D. After a goal mouth scramble the ball fell kindly to Parker who slotted over the keeper to bag her second of the game for a 3-0 win, which saw Whitley leapfrog Lancaster in the table.
Other results: Ladies’ 1sts 1 Beeston 4; Men’s 2nds 0 Marton Furness 1sts 3; Ladies’ 3rds 2 University of Durham 3; Men’s 3rds 2 North Shields 2nds 3; Ladies’ 4ths 3 Morpeth 2.