It was very much a game of two halves in the local derby between Slazenger and rivals Huddersfield Dragons and it could also be said that the scoreline flattered the winners slightly. In the first half the game was quite even, however Huddersfield gained the upper hand due to converting 2 short corners in 6 minutes close to the end of the half (after also scoring two from open play within a 5 minute period). Slazenger did gain just as many short corner opportunities however they could just not convert and were clearly disappointed (as were the home crowd) with the first half scoreline of 4-0.
In the second half it was like a different game as Slaz picked up the pace and found their passion and determination. The strengths came from the back with Lisa Minchella having a fantastic half, resulting in her gaining Player of the match.
Despite Sarah Hobbs providing a lot of drive from the right, Slaz just couldn’t get the ball in the net, until a short corner was awarded half way through the second half. The ball came straight out to the top of the D where Vice Captain Sarah Hobbs smashed the ball straight into the back of the net, a well deserved goal for the home side. Slazenger had a wealth of short corners and attacking play but despite some powerful driving runs from Captain and striker Helen Hough and valuable support from youngsters Hetty, Katie and Hannah, Slazenger were unable to convert any further goals. Winning the second half 1-0 just wasn’t enough to beat the opposition who defended well, but a great second half team effort by the home side.
Thanks to Coach Steve Wood, all the home supporters and Team Manager Claire Mills for trying to keep us going – the team will not be looking forward to the laps that Dave Hellam will make them do for the defeat but they were warned!! Next week Slaz travel to Halifax who are placed very near the top of the table.