Matlock HC Ladies defeated an on-form Leicester 2-1 thanks to a late strike from Sarah Wain.
The first 10 minutes was end to end hockey with neither team getting any real chances.
Leicester changed tactics, using a half court press, allowing Matlock space to distribute the ball around the defence.
This opened up play and a ball down the left allowed Gemma Phipps to break in to Leicester’s circle and cross the ball through to Sarah Wain to put Matlock in the lead.
Leicesters tactics however did create several breaks for them, putting Matlock defence under pressure.
However they remained solid in to half time.
The second half saw Leicester come out much more determined, resulting in a couple of players being sent to the sin bin for their over enthusiastic tackles. However, their hard work paid off and a long cross from the edge of the circle found their forward running in on the post to even up the score.
Matlock kept calm and soaked up any pressure, as Leicester became more annoyed that they couldn’t break down Matlock defence.
Excellent possession through midfield once again created chances for Matlock with a long ball coming in from Joey Blackburn, forcing their keeper to make a save.
A poor clearance allowed Leyanne Beacham to steal the ball from the keeper’s pads and play back to man-of-the-match Sarah Wain to bag her second goal.
Leicester reacted instantly knowing they had little time to equalise, putting pressure on the entire Matlock team who were all now defending.
But good clearances from Iris Kleckova and Dani Bacon gave Matlock some breathing space until the final whistle.