KSHC faced 3rd in the league team, Doncaster, on Saturday 9th March. With the irony of the weather calling off the plans of Janette McWhirter, she was be present on the sidelines with her motivation and positivity.
Kirkby Stephen started off stepping up to Doncaster, playing some beautiful hockey from both sides. Nicole Clegg made a tremendous break down the right wing, with her speed, overtook the defender and played the ball across to Anthea Bowman in the D. While Anthea drove the ball towards the keeper, Lucy Potter made a great run to the penalty spot, where Anthea slipped the ball across and Lucy finished it to give KS a 1-0 lead.
Doncaster did not let the home side get away with it so lightly, and played some superb hockey, and unfortunately managed to bag two goals from counterattacking a break from their half.
In the second half, both teams didn’t manage to produce any outcomes, but some fantastic link work was played and KS didn’t let the score bring them down. Sophie Winder (goalkeeper) made numerous saves at all angles and heights, with several 1-on-1s with the attackers. At such a young age, Sophie showed great confidence and no fear in the goals, blocking any more goals past the home goal line, and was awarded with man of the match.
Final score – 2-1
On Saturday the 8th, Kirkby Stephen 1st team travelled to play Durham 2nd team.
Durham stepped up to the first whistle, and didn’t give Kirkby Stephen any time on the ball; they managed to score 3 textbook goals by the end of the first half.
After a motivating team talk Kirkby Stephen started the second half with determination. Kirkby’s first goal came from Amy Potter who swept the ball through the keepers legs with Julie Hope and Lucy Potter linking up to assist the goal.
Kirkby Stephen has several chances from transferring the ball across the pitch however only one of these became successful after they gained a short corner. Jenny Sayer struck the ball out to the top of the D where Debbie Barr took a shot which was beautifully deflected from the P spot to the top right corner by Heidi Maughan.
Kirkby Stephen held strong while Durham continued to force the play but thankfully held out by the defence and Sophie Winder in goals making saves in all directions. In the last two minutes Durham scored another goal from a counter-attack where the Durham player ran down the wing and placed it in the corner; resulting in the final score being a 4-2 win to Durham.
A total of 8 players were nominated by their teammates for player of the match, and it was split between: Lucy Potter, for some great runs in centre of midfield, picking up many balls from the opposition, and setting up numerous goal-scoring opportunities for her side; Rachel Gowing, making it very difficult for the Durham players to approach the goal in defence, and winning the ball to force a counter-attack; and Emma Thorpe, playing in left defence, blocking the attackers from approaching the danger area, and working with midfield and forwards to force the ball up the left wing.