Trigger-happy ladies have promotion goal
A SECOND successive promotion is the aim for Grimsby Hockey Club women's first-team after a goal-crazy start to the season.
Gaenor Thompson's charges visit Driffield 3rds today after opening the campaign with two big wins – bashing Bridlington 2nds 9-1 and hammering Kingston-Upon-Hull 4ths 10-0.
Last season, the club's ladies' first-team romped to the Division Seven Humberside South title.
And another table-topping season – in the Yorkshire Division Six Humberside One – is Thompson's ambition this time around.
She said: "We've had two great results so far this season. Players coming up from the second team have only made us stronger.
"We are looking for our second successive promotion and getting a good start was vital.
"We've scored early goals, which have given us the confidence to keep attacking – and the goals have flowed.
"The effort and commitment from all the players who have played has been unbelievable.
"We have played very well as a team and hopefully that can only mean the start of some good results for the season ahead."
Despite only having nine players available, instead of 11, Grimsby netted nine goals as they battered Bridlington.
Thompson and Vicky Taberner bagged hat-tricks, Lisa Foster scored twice, and Laura Oglesby was also on target.
Grimsby scored five goals in each half – and kept a clean sheet – as they humbled Kingston-Upon Hull.
Well-worked short corner set pieces helped rack up the hosts' goal tally.
Anne Lambert scored a hat-trick, and Katie Augusta and Foster netted two apiece. Thompson and Pannell also struck for Grimsby.
Grimsby ladies' second-team also carry a perfect start to the season into today's Yorkshire Division Six Humberside Two match against Lincoln Roses 3rds, at Oasis Academy Wintringham (noon).
The second-string ground out a solid 1-0 home win against Hornsea and, in their next match, triumphed 4-1 at Kingston-Upon-Hull 5ths.
Lisa Robinson and Abby Ruston netted their first goals for Grimsby, the former scoring a hat-trick.
Against Hornsea, Grimsby scored the winner with ten minutes left. Ellie Kirk fired in a short corner that was hammered home by debutant Elle Anderson.
Team captain Jenni Thompson said: "We are looking forward to seeing what this season brings – we have a great bunch of girls. We went to Hull with only eight players, but our game-plan worked from the start and the determination by the team was commendable."
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