Driffield Ladies 1st team had two mammoth matches this weekend against opposition that both challenged them for places in the league.
Driffield Ladies 1sts 7 – 1 Sheffield Bankers
First up was Sheffield Bankers at home, who had only beaten the local ladies two weeks previously. The team talk from Captain and goalkeeper Lucy Wilson, inspired Driffield, who were electric from the start knowing how to thwart the Bankers attack.
Without giving them chance to string anything together, Driffield were on them, hassling them for every ball. The Tuplin duo, Gemma and Charlotte, were the meat in the midfield sandwich, ably supported by the Morgan sisters, Vicky Scott and Kate Moore, either side of them. Nothing was getting through the domineering quad.
Goals came aplenty, the ever-improving Hannah Langley was on tip top form claiming yet another hat-trick – one a roof top screamer.
Charlotte Tuplin bagged a brace with Anna Kitching and Henri Williams finishing the seven goal romp. The solo blip in a sublime performance and the only way Bankers were getting through the brick wall of young defenders, Katy Measom, Charlotte Smith, Amy Jackson and Millie Barnes, with an average age of only 19, was a one-off, foot deflection.
Special mention must go to versatile Ashley Gate, who doubles up as striker and defender and provides vital strengths at both ends of the field.
Huddersfield Dragons 3 – 6 Driffield Ladies 1sts – The second day of the weekend was a jolly up the Pennines to Huddersfield and despite extremely wet conditions, Driffield were pumped up ready for a repeat of the day before. Unfortunately, the Dragons, were a different pack to deal with and started the game the friskier of the two teams, taking an early two goal lead which shocked Driffield into action.
By half-time, Driffield had clawed a goal back from a bizarre course of play which Kate Moore was credited with the goal, which ricocheted off the back of the keeper.
Immediately after the break, Langley had made it all square only for Dragons to get that reoccurring foot deflection goal. However, with the team settling down and with the dreadful conditions, Driffield were pouring water on the Dragons fire. Langley and Moore both claimed their hat-tricks, resulting in Driffield winning the match 6-3.