An unprecedented youthful Driffield side stepped onto the pitch at Hull Hockey Club this Saturday without a goalkeeper due to prior commitments and so Henri Williams stepped up to fill the helmet.
Hull Ladies began strongly, hammering the ball into the Driffield half. It appeared the visitors were under severe pressure as the ball continued to circulate their D. However, Driffield’s brickwall defence of Charlotte Smith, Amy Jackson and Katy Measom kept Hull at bay. Gradually, Driffield began to establish themselves and the pace of the game increased.
Tireless work from esteemed vet, Charlotte Tuplin, saw the ball distributed to “Midfield Machines” Kate Moore and Emma Barton.A skilful run from talented Vicky Scott allowed Anna Kitching to capitalise on an incredible cross to take Driffield into the lead.
Spurred on by fresh legs, Driffield’s attack, led by Hannah Langley, remained ruthless and relentless. Hull froze over when inspirational striker Connie Walker broke her season’s dryspell with a powerful strike through the legs of the keeper.
The tireless work of Driffield began to take its toll towards the end of the first half when the home team began to take back control. After a number of saves from rookie keeper Henri Williams, Hull managed to reply. The first half ended 2-1.
The second half began in a similar vein with Hull harnessing the power of the crowd and dominating the determined visitors. Quickly, Driffield appeared on the ropes to Hull as the home side slipped an equaliser past the towering keeper. Only a heroic goalline save from defender Ashley Gate prevented the wrath of Hull taking hold again soon after. However, the desire to win spurred on the away team as they regained composure.
Wide play from the forwards was rewarded with a penalty corner which escalated quickly, due to a foot foul on the goal line, into a penalty flick.The tension was tangible in the arena as glossy-haired Gemma Tuplin scored to take almighty Driffield to victory. Playing for time managed to preserve the score line at 3-2 until the final whistle.
Girl of the game went to both Vicky Scott and Ashley Gate and “Donkey” was awarded to otterloving Katy Measom.