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Driffield Hocky Club Ladies 1s win league title

Words could not describe the overwhelming emotions felt by Driffield Hockey Club’s Ladies 1s captain Steph Robinson on leading her side to an undefeated title-winning season.

The 29-year-old took her troops to Wakefield to face Slazenger Ladies 1s for a rearranged winner-takes-all title decider.

Driffield knew that a draw would be enough to seal promotion and the title, but a defeat in West Yorkshire would see the hosts crowned Yorkshire & North East Women’s Division 1 Yorkshire champions.

We managed to keep going and to finally get promotion after coming so close in recent seasons, missing out by a few points, words just can’t describe how it feels.

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Despite going behind in the opening minutes and then again midway through the first half, the Ladies went into the half-time break level at 2-2.

They showed just why they have remained unbeaten throughout the previous 21 fixtures with a dominant display in the second half which saw them prevail 6-3 victors.

Hat-trick hero on the night was Charlotte Braidwood-Smith, with Bryony Sykes bagging a brace and Frankie Marsh also netting.

Robinson told the Wolds Weekly she was delighted to finally lead Driffield to promotion having missed out by three points in the two most recent full campaigns.

“Everyone was over the moon at full-time,” she said.

“There were a few tears at the end as we were all so happy.

“We managed to keep going and to finally get promotion after coming so close in recent seasons, missing out by a few points, words just can’t describe how it feels.

“The champagne was sprayed at the end and the ladies really deserved it.”

Going into the contest, Driffield were going into the virtual unknown, with hockey rarely played midweek or under lights.

An 8pm push-back meant the whole squad were able to arrive in time for a full warm-up.

The Ladies were also without top scorer Emma Speake, however Robinson admitted she was always confident in her teammates, even after going a goal down early on.

“It was almost the perfect day for us,” Robinson continued.

“Slazenger came at us really hard, as we expected them too and they went in front early.

“It took us around 10 minutes to get going but we came back twice to be 2-2 at half-time and really hit our stride in the second half, playing as we know we can.

“We showed good character and made sure that we wanted it as much as them.

“I was always confident that we could come back and win as we are the better team.

“We were without our top scorer in Speake, but the rest of the ladies really stepped up and we surpassed 100 league goals this season too which is a nice milestone.

“Kat Young in goal was brilliant too, as she’s not had much to do in games recently, but she stopped most things fired at her that night.”

Robinson added thanks to the supporters who travelled to Wakefield last week and is said she is already looking forward to next season in Yorkshire & North East Women’s Division 1.

“There was a group of spectators who travelled to support us which was great to see on a Wednesday night, whilst one of our umpires volunteered to oversee the game too,” she added.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in Division 1 next season and facing different teams such as Newcastle.

“I think as a club we are massively overachieving as we are in a small town with a catchment area of fields playing against and beating teams from cities.

“It’s been an amazing team effort from everyone and it means so much to lead my home town team to promotion.”

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