Durham University III 2 Alnwick Ladies I 1

Having had their game the previous weekend postponed due to a snow-covered pitch, Alnwick Ladies travelled to Durham on Saturday to face the high-flying students in what was sure to be a close game.

With both teams unbeaten this was a top-of-the-table clash and the quality of play reflected that.

Alnwick had their moments early on with a succession of ferocious shots which were well saved or, luckily for Durham, deflected off the post and away from the Alnwick attack.

At the other end, Durham showed plenty of pace in attack and eventually their quick passing drew dividends as they outnumbered Alnwick whilst on a counter-attack and slipped the ball in at the corner of the goal to take the lead.

Alnwick were far from out of the game and went close from a penalty corner.

The visitors were left to rue their missed chances when Durham went two-up. Having won a short corner, the students produced a well-drilled set move to double their lead just before the half-time whistle.

Alnwick pushed for a way back into the match in the second period and dominated possesion, but like the first half, were unable to make it count.

They did get some reward though when they netted from a short corner. The initial shot was well saved but the rebound fell to Blackett who made no mistake, firing in an unstoppable shot to give her team a hugely deserved goal and take the score to 2-1 with a little over five minutes remaining on the clock.

Alnwick pushed hard for an equaliser, but to no avail, and Durham held on to win.

Despite the defeat, and having lost their unbeaten record, Alnwick can take heart from h ow they played and can be positive going into Saturday’s match against Newcastle Ladies I at Longhirst.

Alnwick: C Frew, S Horn, N Richardson (c), R Allen, A Cook, L Smales, J Oates, C Britton, G Pettifer, A Blackett, E Young, J Broom. Player-of-the-match: Emily Young.