Slazenger Ladies 3rd’s hockey team were back to winning form for their first home game of the year. Slazengers were playing Tadcaster Magnets and took charge of the game from the off. Sally Thornton was first on the score sheet from a fantastic ball through from Becky Stafford, a clinical finish from the far post . Roxy Farris & Elle Poskett formed a formidable duo which Tadcaster found hard to keep pace with. The midfield partnership of Julie Bacon & Becky Stafford worked really well with the ball been distributed out wide to Gemma Whittam & Chelsea Armitage. Slazengers were denied repeatedly by a great performance from the Tadcaster keeper who was kept extremely busy . Tadcaster were then awarded a short corner , the initial shot was cleared but Tadcaster were quick to follow the rebound which secured their first goal.
Man of the match player Jess Holland had a fantastic game & worked tirelessly in right midfield & was certainly unlucky not to score . The next goal came from a great hit out from Julie Finch picking out a run from Roxy Farris, a great solo effort saw Roxy drive the ball around numerous defenders & then conclude with a great goal.
Team talk at half time called for more of the same & Slazengers really dug deep & worked hard . Slazengers had most of the attacking play but Tadcaster had a couple of good breaks which goalkeeper Chloe Bates cleared well. Lauren Fealy caused Tadcaster all sorts of problems down the left with some really good breaks. Slazengers had numerous short corner awards but failed to capitalise on these until Beccy Stafford laid off a lovely ball to Julie Bacon who put away Slazengers third of the game. Slazengers pushed to the final whistle but the score remained at 3-1, a good win for Slazengers 3rds.
From Donna Simpson
Match Played at Slazenger Hockey Club on Saturday, 22nd January 2010