In miserable weather Kirkby Stephen ladies 1st team hosted Garstang 1s at home knowing they would have the advantage in the typical windy wet conditions. The game started at pace with the home team taking the early advantage after great team play won them a penalty corner. The ball was hit out to Julie Hope who slipped it to Heidi Maughan and she buried the ball passed the keeper hitting the backboard. The intensity remained high with some great movement from Lucy Potter and Anna Pigney up front creating many opportunities on goal. Youngster Mags Donnelly worked her socks off stepping into the midfield alongside Nicole Clegg. The whistle blew 1-0 to the home side at half time with both teams still in the game. Garstang came out strong and pushed forward to force goalkeeper Sophie Winder to make the save of her hockey career – ABSOLUTE TEKKERS!!
Drama also struck in the home sides D as 2 defenders Jenny Coates and Di Boustead crashed together leaving both parties rather bruised. This gave the team time to recover and regroup to keep hold of the win for the last 10 minutes, with relentless hassling from centre backs Vicki Capstick and Rachel Gowing. A great 1-0 victory to Kirkby Stephen who remain at the top of the table in the North West Women’s Premier League. Special mention to Anthea Bowman who got man of the match after a superb performance in the centre of midfield.