UNIVERSITY OF YORK 5-2 LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
York’s women’s indoor hockey firsts secured two points for Roses today when they defeated Lancaster 5-2.
The visitors were brilliant from the start and quickly secured a short corner which Imy Storm took advantage of to put the away team in the lead.
York continued to attack and after some good play down the right wing Frankie Hall finished with perfection to make it 2-0 to the visitors.
Buoyed by their good start York kept pressing Lancaster which led to a scramble near goal the where Emily Lucas managed to knock it unto the left side of the goal.
Lancaster fought back though and quickly found their way into the away half before slicing open the defence and allowing the home player to slot into the exposed goal.
Conceding to Lancaster did not deter York though as they soon gained another short corner just before the break. From the set piece the ball was passed to Hannah Gage who narrowly missed out on adding another to York’s lead when her powerful shot hit the post. The ball was then picked up by Emily Lucas who scored from close range after a great move by York through the home defence.
In the second half the away team continued to attack and soon gained a short corner. This was well taken as the ball got manoeuvred by several away sticks before Rachael Faustino finished it off to make it 5-1.
By this point the once rowdy Lancaster crowd could barely be heard over the jubilant away support.
Lancaster thought they had pulled a goal back until the referee decided it should be disallowed.
York responded by pushing down the centre and after a Lancaster foul gained another short corner. Despite numerous shots York couldn’t take advantage of the opportunity.
In the closing stages Lancaster gained more possession and just missed on the left of goal before the home side slotted it into the back of the goal making the final score 5-2.
York Captain, Frankie Hall said after the match, “It went really well. It’s a very different pitch to the one at home and we adjusted really well. We worked very hard and our passing was really good and we had some really neat hockey. We worked well as a team.”