Driffield Ladies I...5 Alnwick Ladies I...1
ALNWICK made the long journey to a hot and sunny Driffield for their first game of the new season.
Missing a few key players, the ladies were still determined to put their good pre-season work into practice and started the game positively.
Slick passing and confident running by Cook and Brown had Alnwick dominating the midfield from early on.
Driffield took advantage of a quick break to fire a shot at Alnwick keeper Graham’s head. The ball rebounded off her helmet and Driffield pounced to sweep it into the goal.
Alnwick continued to dominate from the re-start and pressed up the pitch to pin their opposition in their own half for a solid spell of play with good running from forwards Murray, Pettifer and Britton creating problems for the Driffield defence.
Their pressure paid off with the award of a penalty corner which Cook struck strongly towards goal.
A fumble by the Driffield keeper saw Alnwick win a second opportunity which Horn took to inject a pacey ball towards Brown at the top of the circle.
The ball was swept to Britton who made a swift pass behind the opposition defence to Cook who sent it smartly into the goal to draw level.
Alnwick continued to pressure the ball with great hassling from Reed and Dawson drawing errors from their opposing numbers.
Driffield eventually broke through the Alnwick defence just before the half-time whistle and, courtesy of a foot foul missed by the umpire, swept around the back of the keeper for a shot on goal. Richardson got a stick to the ball to block the first attempt but was unable to prevent the follow up crossing the line.
After half-time, the heat began to take its toll on the Alnwick girls who, without any substitutes, were all working incredibly hard to stay in the game.
The advantage of fresh legs began to pay dividends for Driffield as they fed long balls through to high attacking players drawing some excellent saves from Graham and precision tackling from Horn as a result.
The pressure told eventually though and the score moved to 3-1 in the hosts favour.
Despite some heroic defence from Oates and the other backs supported by some great attacking breaks from Brown and Pettifer the Alnwick ladies conceded two further goals before the final whistle ended a frustrating opening game for the Alnwick girls.
Alnwick: T Graham, S Horn, J Oates, N Richardson (c), C Reed, A Cook, E Brown, S Dawson, R Murray, G Pettifer, C Britton. Player-of-the-match: Grace Pettifer.