Alnwick Ladies hockey return to action

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After a lengthy lay-off due to the pandemic, Alnwick Ladies Hockey finally got back to competitive action at the weekend.

Alnwick 1sts 0

North Shields 1sts 1

Alnwick 1sts hosted North Shields 1sts at Longhirst for their opening game in the newly restructured Yorkshire and North East, North East 1 League.

It was six minutes before North Shields were able to break into the Alnwick half, and 16 minutes before they entered Alnwick’s D.

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Alnwick were frustrated in their attempts to convert possession into goals, with six shots well saved by a talented Shields’ goalkeeper, and two further shots cleared by defenders on the line.

It remained 0-0 at half time.

In the second half, play was more evenly distributed. Shields were able to go ahead with one of their few shots on goal, a reverse strike that took the defence and goalkeeper by surprise.

North Shields 2nds 5

Alnwick 2nds 0

Alnwick 2nds were likewise happy to start a new hockey season after 2020-2021 was aborted in autumn 2020 due to the pandemic. Coincidentally they also faced a North Shields side, visiting Shields at their Marden Bridge home which was recently reopened with a new playing surface.

The game on Sunday saw a strong North Shields team featuring some excellent players. The Alnwick side also had some overlap with Saturday, and featured Waterfield in a strong debut for the club, as well as a welcome return for Broom and Lauder-Frost.

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Shields’ striker Day opened the scoring and Alnwick went down to 4-0 at half time. In the second half the Alnwick team settled and showed considerable potential, being unlucky to concede one further goal.