Hockey point could have been three

Bury St Edmunds II 0, North Walsham Ladies 0NORTH Walsham Ladies achieved a well-earned point away from home to Bury St Edmunds II in terrible conditions.

Bury St Edmunds II 0, North Walsham Ladies 0

NORTH Walsham Ladies achieved a well-earned point away from home to Bury St Edmunds II in terrible conditions.

Walsham were missing four key first team players for this slip game which was played in driving snow and rain for the majority. They were well pleased to rescue a point but a little disappointed to not come away with the three after dominating the second half.

The first half was competitive from the start with both teams making decisive breaks, but each defence held strong. Bury had more short corners in the first half but were stopped by strong Walsham defence.

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In the second half Walsham were much the more dominant force with a more attacking formation to try and win the game. Much of the play was in the Bury half but despite the pressure Walsham still couldn't net.

It was great to see a very welcome return from injury for Walsham's right wing Sue Gardiner and special thanks also go to second team members Kathy Wallace and Karen,who each stepped up to the challenge and had fine games in Walsham's defence.

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North Walsham 2, Dereham 0

In the Norfolk Development League, playing in atrocious conditions, both teams can be congratulated on the level of hockey they produced.

Dereham played an attacking formation and put North Walsham (pictured above) under some pressure.

But as Walsham got into their stride, Lucy Spencer passed the ball cleanly into the circle, allowing Hannah Catling to despatch it.

Walsham continued to move the ball well on the left via Ellie and Hannah Wait.

In the second half Hannah Catling and Hayley Massingham carried the ball forward at speed with Annie-Mai Hodge making strong attacks on the left and Chloe Guthrie fighting for everything in the circle.

After a strong solo run, Lucy Spencer hammered the ball home. Dereham continued to break quickly but were held at bay as Jessica Doncaster calmly cleared and Danni Cooper made some fine saves.

Going into the festive break unbeaten, this has been a rewarding first half to the team's first season in the league and is testimony to team spirit and desire to learn.

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