An excellent team performance saw Slazengers clinch victory in their top of the table clash at Boston Spa.Slazengers started slowly and it took a few dangerous Boston attacks to wake up the travelling side. Slazengers struck first with a well-taken goal by Ailish Hendry on the open stick, but Boston Spa were soon level with a straight strike from a short corner. The Horbury side were not deterred and took the lead again before half time – Jessica Rudge bundling the ball over the line in a scrappy goal-line scramble.The second half started much the same way as the first half did, with Boston attacking in numbers. The home side capitalised on some missed Slazenger tackles and the second Boston goal was a well-taken flick over Eleanor in goal. This seemed to spur Slazengers into action and Ailish Hendry scored midway through the second half with an outstanding reverse stick goal from the edge of the D. The fantastic team spirit in the Slazenger side meant that everyone pulled together in the dying minutes to ensure another victory.
It was a fairly even game and a draw would perhaps have been a fair result, but the spectacular winning goal by Ailish deserved to be the difference between the two sides. Coach Steve Wood must also take a large share of the credit for this victory, with his tactical masterclass, which showed that homework on the opposition does pay off.
Player of the Match – Ailish Hendry