Roseberry Ladies I...1 Alnwick Ladies I...4
ALNWICK faced Roseberry away on Sunday following an unexpected free Saturday due to their scheduled opposition being unable to field a team.
In fairly horrific playing conditions of cold and persistently heavy rain, the Alnwick ladies were outstanding and produced a motivated performance to claim all three points on offer.
Alnwick started brightly with some excellent opening play by Smith and Cook taking the ball into the opposition goal area within the first few minutes.
Their pressure quickly drew dividends with a penalty-corner awarded in their favour.
A fast, injected ball from Horn led to a strong strike on goal by the Alnwick attack and forced an impressive save from the Roseberry keeper. The ball was sent straight back towards goal by Moralee, though, and Britton was on hand to sweep it in at the corner and open the scoring (0-1).
Determined not to sit back, Alnwick continued to push forward with some good driving play from Allen and Oates in midfield linking with Smith who created impressive space with excellent running.
Smith collected the ball skilfully just outside the goal area and turned past two defenders before unleashing her strike, which sent the ball flying past the keeper’s head and into the net to double the Alnwick lead (0-2).
Roseberry were far from out of the game though and some physical play ensued as they fought to get on the scoreboard.
But strong defence from the Alnwick back trio kept their hosts frustrated for a significant portion of the first half, supported by a couple of outstanding saves from Graham in goal.
Eventually, one of the Roseberry breaking runs was rewarded with a penalty-corner which they were able to convert through a neat deflection at the post (1-2).
After a quick half-time talk, Alnwick were raring to go again and turned up the pace.
Horn pushed up the pitch and found Brown out on the wing with a neat pass through the opposition. Brown made an excellent, cutting run up and into the goal area to again put the home team under pressure.
Cook was dominating the midfield with strong runs and tackles which saw her find space on the edge of the D from where she fired a shot past the keeper’s outstretched leg and into the net to grab back Alnwick’s two-goal advantage (1-3).
Roseberry were still attacking well when they had possession, though, and it took some quick thinking from Fornear and another couple of lightening fast saves from Graham to keep them at bay.
Allen collected the ball deep in the defensive half but, with good awareness, she spotted Broom on the right wing and send a perfectly-weighted ball through to her. Broom drove towards goal but was fouled on the edge of the D and Alnwick were duly awarded a penalty-corner. Cook wasted no time in striking the ball and a fourth goal for the ladies in red was the reward (1-4).
The final whistle signalled the end of an excellent game for the Alnwick girls and a well deserved win.
Alnwick: T Graham, S Horn, N Richardson (c), R Allen, A Cook, E Brown, C Britton, J Oates, C Smith, K Moralee, J Broom, J Fornear. Player-of-the-match: Caroline Smith.