Matlock Baileans firsts played host to Leicester’s seconds in the Midland Premier League on Saturday and were narrowly edged out 1-0 in a close encounter.
Matlock had to absorb good pressure from Leicester early on, the defence of Ali Millyard, Rachel Moor, Jo Blackburn, Laura Donaldson and Ruth Whittaker holding strong.
After this initial defensive effort, Matlock began to take control of the ball and the game and worked their way up the pitch creating attacking opportunities of their own.
Excellent interplay between the midfield and forward lines led to Matlock pressurising the goal, but narrowly missing out on scoring from both open play and the short corners they were awarded to leave the score 0-0 at half-time.
Matlock started the second-half as they had ended the first and won several penalty corners but were unable to break the deadlock, something they lived to regret late on as Leicester scored from a penalty corner of their own against the run of play, a goal that was enough to win the game despite more late Matlock pressure.
Man of the match went to Laura Boddy for another outstanding performance in midfield.
Matlock’s fourths fell to a 3-1 loss at Amber Valley Hornets.
After falling behind in the first-half following a short corner, Matlock keeper Kath Clay put in a man-of-the-match display with a string of fine saves.
She was unable to prevent a second goal, however, and after Laura Loeber pulled a goal back with a fine solo effort, Hornets wrapped the game up with a late third.
Matlock fifths enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win over Ashbourne fourths.
Matlock dominated from the off with Miranda Marshall opening the scoring and Alice Harwood adding a second.
Cerys Heap rounded things off with the third goal, the joint player of the match honour going to Harwood and Immy Nieper.
Matlock U14 girls took on Burton in the England Hockey National Cup and earned a 2-2 draw.
The Matlock girls took the game to the opposition and spent most of the first-half in Burton’s half of the pitch, and this resulted in an opening goal from Evie Donnelly.
Matlock continued to pile the pressure on Burton and from a penalty corner Milla Kalling Smith scored an excellent second goal.
However, Burton then scored two goals on the break resulting in the match ending in a draw.