Selby Ladies 1’s v Driffield Ladies 1’s
By Henri Williams
1-4 - Driffield win.
A new encounter into Selby fields this Saturday made the ladies unnecessarily nervous as they had had successful results against strong opposition in previous weeks.
A shaky start, while Driffield adjusted to the pitch and umpires, was quickly dispelled and soon the girls started to string some passes together and cut the Selby team into small bits. A swift run down the right by Kay Bloomfield linking with Ashley Gate and Harriet Dobson in the circle gave Hannah Horsley the easy task of a tap in in front of goal.
The match continued in this vein and time and time again Steph Robinson and Kiera Dinsdale/Young in the heart of the pitch thwarted Selby’s attacks and turned the ball over to the Driffield forwards. A short corner was won and a well practised routine saw Henri Williams convert with a screamer of a shot from the top of the D.
Captain Lucy Wilson in goal had a spell of amazing skill, saving 4 or 5 shots in a row, with feet and hands showing Selby that any flurry into Driffield’s defence was going to be dealt with confidently, aided by Henri, Molly and Lucinda. However, a repetitive occurrence when travelling away from home, an umpiring ‘error’ saw Selby claim a goal back just before half time but Driffield were on the up and playing some sublime hockey.
Driffield just kept improving, Lauren Dinsdale/Young had many powerful drives down the wing and Fiona Tuplin adjusted to numerous positions to constantly feed the forwards with many scoring opportunities. a loose ball was pounced upon by Hannah and a unstoppable strike from the top of the D took the Selby keeper by surprise as she never moved.
It wasn’t long afterwards that Hannah showed she can score with open stick or reverse as another thunderous strike claimed her hat trick - the 3 swans symbol of Selby Abbey had influenced Girlie of the Game Hannah Horsley. Game over - Driffield win 1-4.
Top of the Table but with only a point cushion means Driffield need to keep playing this style of hockey with a visit from Dewsbury next week (home at 12:30pm) who too have scalped some strong teams so far.
Many Thanks to sponsors YorkWold Pigpro for the new ‘lucky’ playing shirts (unbeaten since donning them) and to the Spread Eagle for after match teas that are becoming renowned in the league.