In their second game of the season, Slazenger’s ladies 3rd team enjoyed a significant victory, preparing them selves for what we hope will be a highly successful season.
It wasn’t long after the start that things started looking ominous for the home side. when around 7 minutes, Thirsk were awarded a penalty flick. Goalkeeper Lizzie Tunstall kept it cool as the ball was taken, making a simple yet effective save allowing the team to reset.
It was newcomer Clair Dunstan who made the first significant attack; an amazing break down the right hand side of the pitch, striking the ball across the D. An epic battle for a goal between slazenger’s Justine Birkett and Thirsk’s Keeper grants Slaz the short corner, but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be.
It was Alex Stead who finally broke the deadlock, smashing the ball into the back of the net, 1-0 !; hopefully the first of many goals.
With a minute left of the fist half, Thirsk were given a short corner from the ball contacting a defender’s foot in the D, the defence fight off a strong Thirsk attack but a Slaz stick is lifted and yet another short corner is signalled. Thirsk panic under pressure and miss crucial pass and shot. The half time whistle is blown allowing Slazenger to regroup.
Becky Gomersal of Slazenger’s takes the push back and it is sent to Linda Stacey who drives forward for yet another fantastic attack. Amanda Lacey and Sarah Richie break down a fast and furious Thrisk attack and Sarah smashes the ball out wide to left wing Naomi Horsley. Super sub Clair Dunstan within 1 minute of her come back on the pitch strikes the ball into the back of the net. 2-0.
The score stayed that way until the final whistle, with Slaz walking away with a respectable 2-0 victory.
Special mention goes to Becky Gomersal who spurred on the team as the comical cheerleader for the team on and off the pitch.