‘Lets slay some dragons………..’
To say this was the second game of the weekend for the Slazenger’s Ladies 3s, the team went out with determination and showed off some ‘dragon slaying’ skills to win. From the start Slaz gave 110% keeping the ball in their oppositions half, attacking from midfield, with some very close calls in the ‘D’ resulting in penalty corners awarded to Slaz which were defended strongly by the young Dragons. Finally, the first goal of the game came from centre forward Louise Nock from a well worked penalty corner, followed shortly after a second from ‘player of the match’ Claire Dunstan. Dragons gained a lucky break after a defended penalty corner which caught the Slaz defence off guard. An attacking dragon had flown high up the pitch without the defence realising which resulted in a one on one moment in the ‘D’ between dragon and slayer Lizzie Tunstall, who cleared the ball leaving the dragon stunned and decked. Minutes before half time saw Louise put another goal in the back of the net, bringing the half time score to 3-0 Slaz.
Both teams came back fighting in the second half. Huddersfield had a few breaks over the half way line, but the Slaz defence, which included young Hettie Walker on her debut, were tight and soon put the young dragons back in their place. Slazenger’s picked up the pace, using the ball to do the hard work, and soon saw another goal, from Louise Nock. This was followed by yet more short corner action, however Slaz were unable to convert. However a well-timed strike from Claire Dunstan from the 25 found Becky Townsend’s stick in just the right place on the right post giving Slaz a fourth. Huddersfield dragons continued to battle hard, but were tiring and couldn’t defend a ‘hat trick’ goal from Louise Nock. Final score 5-0 to Slaz.
By Lizzie Tunstall