One point from Notts Premier title glory

Worksop Ladies IV v Southwell III
Worksop Ladies IV v Southwell III

Worksop Ladies Hockey Club’s first team need one more point to secure the Notts Premier title, after Saturday’s 1-0 win over North Notts.

The title chasing Worksop women faced a tough and aggressive challenge from a physical opposition.

Worksop started well and were in control of the game from the beginning.

They dominated possession and created many goal scoring opportunities - however they failed to convert any.

Midway through the first half a great run from Ailsa Gray resulted in a great goal for Tracy Fuller.

The second half was more of the same, North Notts struggled to create any chances due to excellent Worksop defending.

Worksop continued to push forwards and some great interceptions in midfield from Katie Hetherington and Player of the Match Esther Gray meant that many of the opposition attacks were turned into opportunities for the visitors.

Unfortunately Worksop failed to convert again but the final score was 1-0.

Worksop play Newark at home on Saturday, needing just a draw to secure promotion and to win the Notts Premier league title.

The Worksop Ladies Hockey Club fourth team, meanwhile, played two games last weekend.

Saturday’s game against Southwell saw Worksop start off the stronger team with most of the possession and a few close shots on goal.

However, Southwell fought back and were awarded two consecutive short corners, the last of which was converted making the score 1-0 to Southwell.

Worksop then battled on with great defending from Jayne Slaughter, Libby Stannard, Georgia Hill and Mary Major for the remainder of the half.

After a quick change over Worksop started strongly scoring within the first 30 seconds, thanks to a great bit of passing and receiving, resulting with Helen Speight seeing the ball into the back of the net.

Southwell were then awarded a penalty flick on the grounds that the ball was stopped by a foot in front of the goal line.

The flick was successful and took the score to 2-1 to Southwell.

A short while later Southwell scored again making the final score 3-1.

Regardless of the defeat it was a really good performance from Worksop and a well battled game.

The Player of the Match award was shared between Caitlin Oliver and Jayne Slaughter.

Sunday saw a great last game of the season for the fourths as Worksop beat North Notts 2-0, with goals from Emma Pike and Emily Holden.

North Notts had their chances but were unsuccessful in front of goal thanks to some amazing saves from Joanne Pilson.

Pilson was awarded Player of the Match for her sterling efforts.

Captain Sam Fielding was delighted with the final weekend of hockey for the season from her team and the club are very proud of the dedication and success the fourth team have had in their first ever season.

On 29th March the club’s mixed Under 13 outfit will travel to take on opposition provided Boots, Newark Boys, Newark Girls and Nottingham and Redhill.