Slazengers pressure takes its toll

Alnwick Ladies I...1 Slazengers I...3

ALNWICK hosted Slazengers at Longhirst on another hot Saturday.

Both teams started brightly with a fast-paced game from the first whistle. Slazengers worked the ball well around the pitch but were held up by the hassling work of Young and Oates in midfield.

The skill of the opposition midfield led to a lethal strike by their centre-forward mid-way through the half to give them the lead (0-1).

Alnwick continued to create chances of their own, with some great running by Murray and Pettifer causing headaches for the opposition defence.

A controversial decision saw Slazengers awarded a penalty-corner, which they converted just before the half-time whistle to enter the break with a two-goal lead (0-2).

Alnwick rallied after the interval and the tireless running of Cook helped them to build pressure towards the opposition goal.

A quick ball through from Brown found Britton lurking at the edge of the circle area, from where her neatly-struck shot flew into the goal (1-2).

Slazengers stepped up the pace in response, though, and Alnwick were once again on the back-foot, with strong defence needed from Horn, Allen and Richardson to keep the shots at bay.

Some fantastic saves from Graham kept Alnwick in the game, including a saved flick awarded for an Alnwick foot on the line.

Eventually, the pressure told, though, and Alnwick conceded a third goal to give their opposition the points and a deserved win as the better team on the day (1-3).

Alnwick: R Allen, S Horn, N Richardson (c), J Fornear, R Murray, A Cook, E Brown, C Britton, T Graham, E Young, J Oates, G Pettifer. Player-of-the-match: Tracey Graham.

Senior training is on Wednesday nights at Longhirst, Morpeth, from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Junior training is at Alnwick Community Centre on Monday evenings from 6pm to 7pm. Anyone with queries about either session or interested in playing can contact the club via the site www.alnwickhockeyclub.org.uk