The University of Sheffield Hockey Women’s 3s beat Leeds 3s in a heated game resulting in a full-time score of 4-0. The last time the girls in black and gold played the Leeds team, they lost 3-1, so they were pleased with a complete reverse after throwing all they had at the visitors.
Leeds started strongly, winning the ball almost immediately from Sheffield’s pushback. It looked like being a tough game for Sheffield, but after some great defensive play early on from Sophie Graham and Ellie Whistlecroft, the home side swiftly consolidated their position.
The first goal came from fantastic attacking play from Emily Young, who crossed to Lizzie Hall for a strong reverse hit goal. Sheffield heads were lifted and continued to play at high intensity.
Leeds, low on players and losing enthusiasm, found momentum hard to come by whilst Sheffield bombarded them with strong attempts at goal. In one such attempt, Rachel Sladden took the opportunity to work the ball around the Leeds’ keeper resulting in a tap in, 2-0.
The second half saw a knee injury for Sheffield defender, Ellie Whistlecroft, but the home team continued to play with the same intent, resulting in two brilliant goals from Emily Young and Megan Morgan. The former was a rebound from the Leed’s goalie and the latter from Morgan was the result of some strong play along the left wing from Hattie Carr and Annabel Fawcett.
Sheffield vice-captain, Lottie Thomas, told Forge Sport: “the team once again stepped up and demonstrated fluid hockey, a very well deserved win and promising for the rest of the season.”
Captain Rosie Walker looks forward to her return after Christmas following a bad ankle injury early in the season.