Ladies Masters Tier 2
By Henri Williams
Having been to Timperley 3 weeks ago and been taught how to play beautiful hockey, Driffield Over 45's returned to the turf to take on another Cheshire side Sale now in the England Hockey Tier 2 cup competition.
Driffield started the brighter of the 2 sides and were soon in control of the game. However, a chink in the Driffield defence allowed Sale to take the lead from a tight angle. Driffield reacted to this shock by showing some slick passing that ripped Sale apart but saw many chances go begging. It was a truly unselfish pass from Di Levitt that drew us even when Zoe Harrison tapped the ball into the goal.
Sale grabbed another goal against the run of play that took the half time score back to a deficit for Driffield. Captain Sarah Soanes gave positive encouragement and the girls returned to the pitch gunning for the win.
Within a few minutes a short corner was won by Fiona Tuplin and what looked like a well rehearsed routine bounced between Helen Hough and Henri Williams resulting in Zoe Harrison getting the final touch at the left post. Time after time Driffield attacked with Wendy Foster and Debbie Nelson frustrating the Sale defence with relentless hassling. Another short corner and Driffield were in the lead from a straight strike by Henri Williams.
Sale then turned up the heat and repeatedly took quick hits out of their defence which soared up the pitch - but to no concern as Sharon Falkingham, Heather Measom, and mags purnell dealt with them with ease, with Mieke Davison channeling their danger player out to safety.
A mix up in the middle and Sale had a successful '1 on 1' with keeper Helen Skelton and now Driffield, determined not to have to take flicks, had to find some inner strength and muster up a trick or two. Helen Holdsworth consistently won the ball and threaded it through the midfield, a powerful shot at goal found Zoe Harrison again on left post who produced amazing reactions to deflect it home for her hat trick and Driffield's win.
If these ladies continue to perform like this they could emulate previous seasons and go all the way to Lee Valley and the final. Next round 3 on January 20th.