It was a blustery and wet start to the game but Kirkby Stephen knew how the typical Cumbrian weather worked on their side. It was an important game for Kirkby Stephen to secure 3 points in the fight to avoid relegation. Brooklands sit bottom but KS are having to fight in their last few games to ensure they stay in the North Premier Division.
Becoming tradition the day started off with banana bread, one of Anthea Bowmans best it has to be said.
This seemed to fuel the team from the off as within the first 30 seconds Bowman perfectly weighted the ball to the top of the D, where Anna Pigney sent the ball straight passed the Newcastle keeper from the top of the D. Kirkby struggled to settle in the game after this and before the end of the first half Newcastle had equalised the game to 1-1 after a penalty corner routine.
Still in the game, but knowing they needed to up the pace Kirkby came back out after half time looking for a win. Team Captain Racheal Gowing put herself on the line stopping a ball on the goal line, shortly followed by a player on the opposition getting a ball to the head putting both players on the bench. This injury time stopped play for a short while and Newcastle came back fighting winning and converting several penalty corners within short succession. The home defence worked hard defending in open play but before they knew it Kirkby had lost control of the score line. The final score was 1-6 to Newcastle Uni, leaving Kirkby with lots to work on but looking forward to regaining control in their away game next week against Lancaster.