Grimsby Hockey Club's Ladies back with a bang to produce some fine displays
GRIMSBY Hockey Club's ladies hit back with good performances following a spell of cancellations due to the wintry weather.
Grimsby ladies' first team beat Brigg 3rds 4-0, while the second team drew 2-2 with Lincoln Roses 3rds.
The firsts played host to Brigg and, although it had been a couple of weeks since they last played, they started where they had left off with some outstanding passages of play.
In the first half, Grimsby had several chances with short corners and from open play, but the Brigg keeper produced some fantastic saves.
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Brigg rarely troubled the Grimsby keeper and, with five minutes left in the first half, Anne Lambert scored for the home side with a fierce strike from a short corner.
In the second half, Brigg seemed to be a different team. They put together some good moves and produced more attacking play. However, they could not breach the back-line of Lucy Tomlinson, Vicky Tabener and Helen Austin.
The second goal came from Vicky Pannell who, after some good build-up play from the midfield of Jo Turner, Sandra Clarke and Gaenor Thompson, struck the ball from an acute angle past the stretching keeper.
The third goal came from captain Thompson, who evaded several defenders and hit an impressive shot into the top corner.
The fourth and final goal came from Pannell. She netted from close range after some excellent link-up play with Lambert.
Grimsby ladies 2nds were held to a 2-2 draw by Lincoln Roses 3rds at Oasis Academy Wintringham on an exceptionally cold day.
For the first 10 minutes, the Grimsby side were on the receiving end of some Lincoln attacking.
Grimsby soon found their rhythm and, with first-team captain Gaenor Thompson in central midfield to make up numbers, they drove forward.
Kate Pearce and Laura Manners were in fine form, producing some excellent passages of play and showing individual skills which earned them the joint player of the match honour.
Grimsby's first goal came from Thompson, who took advantage of an open goal to slot home after receiving a brilliant ball by Rachel Elson.
Abby Ruston almost made it 2-0, but her effort was disallowed as it was deemed to have come off a Grimsby player's foot.
Lincoln pulled one back after a mix-up in the Grimsby defence.
After a half-time team-talk, Grimsby came back stronger and applied a spell of constant pressure on their opponents.
The Lincoln keeper produced some good saves from some short corners, but Grimsby did eventually break through.
Ruston scored a well-deserved goal to make it 2-1 to the Grimsby side.
Towards the end of the game, Lincoln were awarded a short corner and they netted to pull level.
Grimsby continued to attack and they were only denied a winner by the post.
Overall, it was a good team performance by the second string – one that they can be proud of for their effort and commitment.