After a disappointing performance the previous week against Springfields, Whitley Bay were out to prove themselves in their league meeting with Beeston.
Following heavy rain in recent days, an early morning inspection was needed and apart from some minor bits of debris, the pitch was good.
Beeston were looking to get back to their winning ways after a 4-4 draw with Brooklands, with all eyes on Sophie Robinson, who is currently top goal scorer in the league with 12.
The game started with both sides playing with high intensity and some good attacking and defensive play was seen at both ends.
Chances were created with the post denying Beeston several times in the first half.
A foot from a Beeston defender led to a penalty corner for Whitley Bay which was carefully played in by Alex Plummer and converted by her almost genetically identical counterpart, Joss Plummer.
A threatening attack by Beeston towards the end of the first half meant Whitley Bay were on the back foot and a shot at goal, stopped on the line by a defender’s face meant a penalty stroke was awarded.
Robinson converted this with precision and skill.
Whitley started the second half well and were a strong defensive unit.
Some excellent attacking play from Marwood and Joyce meant the post was yet again back in action and denied Whitley Bay two more goals.
Unfortunately the pressure was not enough to stop Robinson, who through her skill alone, scored a fantastic goal.
Beeston spent the last ten minutes camped in their own half and Whitley moved the ball quickly and played some intelligent hockey.
A number of chances were created but none were converted and the score was 2-1 on the final whistle.
A loss for Whitley but an encouraging performance and they are hoping to take this into next week’s game at Brooklands.