Wakefield Ladies were unable to build on their first win of the season. Facing a Slazenger’s team who they had previously beaten 3-0 in a preseason game the result was not to be repeated.
From the start, Slazenger dominated the game with their effective midfield play causing Wakefield endless problems and within the first five minutes the confident visitors opened the scoring with a decisive strike past Sarah Wood in goal.
From the restart, Wakefield remained positive, but desipte the vision of sweeper Charlotte Rooke, Wakefield were unsettled by the presence of the overloaded Slazenger midfield and were unable to regain the balance.
within the space of 15 minutes, Slazenger had extended their lead to 3-0 but the home side refused to lie down and concede the game.
Just before half time, Linzi Molloneux placed the ball past the visiting keeper to reward some of the excellent flowing play down the right.
Eskkefield switched to four in midfield at the start of the second half benefited by the innovative ability of player of the match Laura Holden in the right wing-back position.
Maintaining most of the possession and creating several chances Wakefield could have pulled back level. Slazenger’s attacks were very few and far between in the second period as midfielder Rachel Spraggs worked relentlessly to mark their key players out of the game.
However despite having some pleasing hockey in the second half, Wakefield could make no further change to the scoreline unlike Slazenger who added a fourth.