South Nottingham and Newark Hockey Club Ladies’ teams achieve dominant wins in Nottinghamshire
Newark Hockey Club's Ladies' First team had a statement win against Beeston as they achieved a 6-0 victory on the road.
The victory which came off the back of a 5-1 win against Redhill showed the side's goal-scoring prowess as Beeston had little in the way of answers against the Newark attack.
Martha Philo scored two for her side with individual goals from Mel Woods, Sophie Chambers, Katherine Hawkins, and Neve Littlewood.
A joint player of the match accolade was awarded to Philo and Littlewood for their efforts.
South Nottingham Ladies' Firsts also pulled off a large win as they defeated Southwell Brincliffe 8-0 on the road.
"Southwell Brincliffe Ladies were burning to recover from a
very narrow defeat earlier in the season by South Nottingham and to overtake us in the league positioning," said South Nottingham coach Euan Temple.
"We were fully aware of this zeal and Captain Eleanor Wallace gave a rousing pre-match briefing to her team.
"She said that Southwell was hard on our heels in the league and would pounce on any error made by us."
Both sides took to the pitch where initially Southwell were the aggressors.
The visitors' returning keeper Elizabeth Turner provided a steadying influence on the defence and, with her teammates gradually began to counter the Southwell tactics. 0-0 as
Caroline Brackenbury in South’s centre midfield began to take a firm grip and controlled the game.
She got the ball out wide each way to create opportunities for the visitor's fast wingers.
South’s Rose Cartwright netted first before Lucy Lloyd followed this with an excellent goal.
Soon after, Sammy Markwick lashed a thunderous shot into the far corner to take the score to 3-0.
"Southwell demonstrated great attitude and fighting spirit, encouraged by a growing band of enthusiastic vocal supporters, but just could not get past Elizabeth Turner in goal," said Temple.
Becky Humphris was untouchable as she capitalised off her teammates creating space for her and scored five goals to put the result far out of reach of the hosts.
"Becky is one of our very best attackers," said Temple.
"An undiminished force”.
Captain Eleanor Wallace added: “We had a game plan and stuck to it.
"The result was three points against a really good opponent.
"We are now lying fifth in the league, just ahead of Boots Ladies.”