Alnwick Ladies find University tough going

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Alnwick Ladies I 2 Newcastle University II 5

After the frustration of the previous day’s game being postponed due to a frozen pitch the rain eased off enough on Sunday to allow Alnwick to get in their rearranged fixture against the students.

The game was tough from the start with Alnwick missing a number of players due to other commitments and the students able to take advantage of the fact that their first team weren’t playing at the same time to good effect.

The university team started with excellent pace and played a well executed passing game throughout the 70 minute match to stretch the Alnwick defence at every opportunity and ensure they enjoyed good possession throughout.

A slickly-worked series of passes saw the students open the scoring with an unstoppable shot into the corner of the Alnwick goal.

Spurred on by conceding, the Alnwick girls started to increase their level of pressure in return and some determined driving runs from Cook and Oates in midfield gave Blackett, Broom and Britton a series of good opportunities for shots on goal.

Strong saves from the University keeper frustrated Alnwick though and kept their score-line blank for the remainder of the first half while the students built on their original lead with two further shots finding the backboard to give them a three-goal advantage at the half-time whistle.

A determined second half start saw Cook link well with Broom on the wing and her cross into the goal area found Blackett, who neatly dispatched the ball over the line to give Alnwick a well-deserved goal.

The university began to dominate pressure though as their fitness and skill levels shone and they continued to give Alnwick a lesson in the value of fast-paced passing play with excellent linking between their midfield and strikers creating lots of work for the Alnwick defensive trio and keeper Pope. Despite their best efforts, Alnwick conceded two more goals to give their opponents an unassailable lead. Some consolation came through a smartly-worked Alnwick move which Britton finished off with a well-deserved goal to take the score to 5-2 at the final whistle.

Team: D Pope, S Horn, N Richardson (c), A Payne, A Cook, J Oates, A Blackett, E Young, J Broom, C Britton, S Fairbairn, C Frew.

Player-of-the-match: Naomi Richardson.