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Hockey: Win for Pickering at Colne Valley
2:49pm Wednesday 6th March 2013 in Sport
PICKERING boosted their chances of beating relegation in division five of the Yorkshire Women’s League with a good 3-0 win at Colne Valley.
The hosts started strongly with quick attacks creating chances in the circle. However, the visitors soaked up the pressure well with Marcia Simpson making an important save on the line in her debut as goalkeeper.
Pickering gradually gained control in midfield and were unlucky not to score off a series of hard strikes into the circle from Helen Evans.
Their tenacity finally paid off when a great deflection from Emma Hoyle found the back of the net. This gave Pickering the confidence to keep possession and maintain control for the rest of the half.
The visitors were determined to maintain the pressure in the second half and a change of positions up front allowed Hannah Bastow to force several short corners from which Sophie Gilderdale scored on the rebound.
Gilderdale continued to impress with some great drives down the right, earning her the player-of-the-match award.
Colne tried get back into the game but met their match with some strong defending from the Ryedale side and a clean sheet for Simpson.
The hosts were further demoralised when a hit into the circle was deflected into the net by a defender’s stick, sealing Pickering’s win.
Division six Yorkshire champions-elect Pickering II went goal crazy over the weekend.
They beat City of York V 4-2 on Saturday and then won 9-1 at Halifax IV at on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Old Malton beat Huddersfield Dragons II 3-0 at the Northern Ryedale Leisure Centre to maintain their promotion hopes in Yorkshire Men’s League division one.
Malton are third, now three points off second-placed Kingston upon Hull II, who lost at mid-table Harrogate, and with two games in hand.