Hockey: Worksop Ladies strengthen grip on Notts Premier title with Southwell win

Hockey, Worksop attacking the Southwell goal
Hockey, Worksop attacking the Southwell goal

Worksop Ladies Hockey Club strengthened their grip on the Notts Premier title with a crucial victory over second placed Southwell on Saturday.

The 2-0 victory put Worksop three points clear, with two games left to play.

Worksop V Southwell Hockey Ailsa Gray (Worksop) attacking the Southwell defence

Worksop V Southwell Hockey Ailsa Gray (Worksop) attacking the Southwell defence

From the start both teams looked determined to win, Worksop were fast paced but the Southwell defence was strong and there were few chances to convert.

As the game continued Worksop had more possession and chances increased.

The Southwell goalkeeper made some excellent saves to keep the score 0-0 at half time.

But at the beginning of the second half Worksop started well and a long period of pressure ended in a short corner which Esther Gray converted, making the score 1-0 to the home side.

Southwell, determined not to give up, then had chances of their own including several short corners but failed to convert them due to excellent defending from Worksop, in particular Player of the Match Helen Williams.

Worksop continued to attack and they maintained control of the game pushing Southwell back and keeping them in their half.

Through constant pressure Worksop were awarded another short corner, and a well worked routine saw the ball slipped left from the top of the D before being pushed out wide right to Joanne Bochenski who hit the ball hard and low into the bottom right hand corner of the goal.

Worksop face North Notts away on Saturday.

The Worksop second team travelled to Newark II last weekend in a must win game.

Worksop started well forcing several short corners leading to the first goal from a cracking strike by Amanda Young.

Shortly after, another short corner strike found the back of the net, this time struck by Sarah Bagshaw.

The second half saw Newark come back into the game getting on to the score sheet, but Worksop bravely held on for a much needed win.

The game finished 2-1 to Worksop and Player of the Match was awarded to Lilly Nash.

Worksop III played third placed North Notts at home.

Notts are known for bringing their big hitters and Saturday was no different.

Notts played the ball well looking to get it to their centre forward who was marked tightly by Worksop’s centre back, not allowing her to turn and strike.

Worksop held firm until Notts were awarded a short corner, the ball was initially intercepted by Worksop’s Melanie Hancock but was picked up by a Notts attacker and hit home to give Notts the lead.

Notts soon scored a second with an unstoppable hard ball into the corner.

Worksop were unlucky not to score with two strikes saved by the keeper, before a tactical change at half-time by Worksop strengthened the midfield with four players and helped put pressure on Notts in their own half.

Worksop battled hard testing the keeper but were kept out by Notts defence.

The hosts were, however, rewarded with a goal from Kelsey Richards.

Worksop continued to drive at the keeper who saved another shot from Richards.

Notts were kept out with a shot cleared off the line by Player of the Match, Kathryn Savoy, but a late goal made it 3-1 to North Notts.