Golden girls

A photograph of Alnwick ladies with the runners -up Morpeth. The cup final was held at The Parks Leisure Centre, North North Shields on Sunday 19th April. The final score was 4-3 with a golden goal in extra time from Alnwick to take the win.
A photograph of Alnwick ladies with the runners -up Morpeth. The cup final was held at The Parks Leisure Centre, North North Shields on Sunday 19th April. The final score was 4-3 with a golden goal in extra time from Alnwick to take the win.

Alnwick ladies posed with their medals after winning theNorthumberland Cup final against neighbours Morpeth, who are also pictured.

The final was held at The Parks Leisure Centre, North North Shields on Sunday, April 19, with some superb traveling support present to spur on the Alnwick side.

The final score was 4-3, with a golden goal in extra-time from Alnwick snatching the win.

The game was a tightly-fought contest with both teams enjoying good passages of play and plenty of end-to-end action to entertain the spectators.

Scores by the Alnwick trio of Cook, Pettifer and Horn were matched by Morpeth though and the full-time whistle blew on a 3-3 score-line.

This meant the tired legs of both teams were sent back out into a golden-goal extra-time play.

Tense end-to-end action continued until a breathtaking run by Pettifer saw her break into the Morpeth goal area and, although her initial shot was saved, Horn was alert to the rebound and slotted the ball into the net to give Alnwick a thrilling victory. The cup was presented to captain Ami Cook, who was delighted to receive it and celebrate with the team on a momentus day.

After the match, club coach Julie Fenwick issued the following statement: “Clearly, as a club we are severely restricted in our development due to the lack of a full-sized floodlit artificial pitch in the town.

“As the club trains and plays all home matches at Longhirst, some 16 miles away, this has an impact on the recruitment of players as it is not on the doorstep. The cost to hire Longhirst is around £2,300 per season added to England Hockey affiliation fees, plus league fees amounts to almost £3,000. The club has to be proactive when fund-raising to cover costs to ensure that the sport is affordable to all players.”

“The junior section currently train on the MUGA at the community centre, which is the size of a tennis court and therefore limits player development.

“In the winter, the club uses the indoor sports hall at Duchess High but this again is not great to develop players’ skills and techniques due to the playing surface and size.

“In order for the club to expand both its junior and senior section as well as having any chance at starting a men’s section we need a facility within the town. The club is currently playing hockey at North League level and continue to field two teams. It is in desperate need of more players as we constantly lose talented youngsters to university and they don’t always return.

“The club was hopeful that with the Duchess’s High School being relocated and a new build that a full-sized artificial pitch would be part of the spec. Sadly, this is not the case, which is very disappointing.”