New league champs are in seventh heaven

Ladies Hockey match between Worksop Ladies & Boots Ladies.
Ladies Hockey match between Worksop Ladies & Boots Ladies.

Worksop Ladies Hockey Club are the new Notts Premier League champions, thanks to a convincing 7-0 mauling of Newark on the final day of the 2014/15 season.

Just a point was needed for Worksop to finish top of the table, and although they were nervous going into the last game, they romped home in style.

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

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

The Worksop ladies soon found their rhythm and a fantastic shot from Ailsa Gray ended up in the roof of the net, giving the Newark keeper little chance.

Worksop continued to pile on the pressure and it wasn’t long before Tracy Fuller scored to make it 2-0.

Another two goals from Ailsa Gray gave her a first half hat-trick and made the score at half-time 4-0 to the home side.

The second half was more of the same as the champions elect put on a ruthless display against overwhelmed opposition.

Hockey Action Pictures, Worksop V Southwell

Hockey Action Pictures, Worksop V Southwell

Newark struggled to create any attacks and for them it was more a case of damage limitation.

Player of the Match Ailsa Gray found the net for her fourth a.

And two well worked short corner routines gave captain Katie Hetherington two shots which proved too powerful for the Newark keeper, both ending up in the back of the net.

The final score was 7-0 to Worksop, a convincing performance from a team who have dominated the league this year, only losing one game.

Next week they play at Beeston in the cup final, where they hope to top off a fantastic season with some more silverware and a famous double triumph.

The Worksop second team played two games this weekend, with mixed fortunes.

Saturday’s game saw Worksop lose 2-0 at home against University of Nottingham’s third team.

Worksop were beaten by a quick, skillful team of students who scored two second half goals.

Amanda Young came closest to scoring for the home side when she hit the post.

Young sweeper Lilly Nash, who has had an excellent season in the second team, was awarded Player of the Match for Worksop.

On Sunday, Worksop finished their first season in the Notts Premier League with a win against West Bridgford’s third team.

Worksop took the lead, just before half-time, when a short corner strike from Fiona Webb was diverted home by Annabelle Wilson.

After the break, Worksop extended their lead, catching the West Bridgford keeper off guard.

A long bouncing pass from midfield was expertly flicked into the net by Amanda Young.

West Bridgford scored with 10 minutes to play, but Worksop held on for a 2-1 victory and their fifth win of the year.

Player of the Match honours were shared by Amanda Young and centre back Helen Williams.

Sunday’s result moves Worksop second team upto seventh in the league, a midtable finish.

Captain Annabelle Wilson praised her players for battling back from a tough opening period to the season: “I’m incredibly proud of the team’s achievements this season.”

“After a difficult start the team have worked hard together to find form and cement a place in the Premier Division next season.”