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Hockey: Pickering II beat first team
3:53pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
THERE was something of an upset on the opening day of the Yorkshire Women’s League as Pickering’s new-look second team beat their firsts 4-3.
Pickering II were promoted last season to join their club-mates in division five.
However, with the majority of last season’s first team unable to play this term, many of the promoted ‘B’ girls were moved up to the first team.
Six new recruits, meanwhile, boosted the second team – and duly proved their worth.
Despite not having played together as a team before, the seconds settled down quickly and some excellent play down the left created the chance to take the lead. Player-of-the-match Megan Williams hit back for the first team, and the remainder of the half was tit for tat resulting in a 2-2 scoreline.
The second half saw the ‘B’ team take early control, with Bev Nicholson dominating the midfield and scoring two goals on her debut.
The first team showed form as some quick passing put the defence under pressure, enabling Amy Collier to find the net.
However, in a good last 10 minutes, they were unable to turn things round, some excellent stops on the line from Leonie Ransome securing the second team’s victory.
Club spokeswoman Hazel Winter said: “With little to choose between the two squads, the club’s strength in depth, along with a mixture of youth and experience, bodes well for both teams.”
Old Malton began life in the Yorkshire Men’s League premier division with a 4-4 thriller against Driffield.
Malton won at Harrogate II on the last day of last season to finish in the top two of division one on points difference, reaching the top tier in the county for the first time, having been playing in division 10 only a decade ago.
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