Champs run amok with nine in finale

On the ball: Louise Bottomley for Halifax II on Saturday
On the ball: Louise Bottomley for Halifax II on Saturday

Hockey round-up

Otliensians 2

Halifax 9

HALIFAX finished another promotion-winning season with a goal-fest at Bradford Girls Grammar School.

The Yorkshire One champions were soon into their stride, two goals from Kate Walsh putting them in charge.

Defenders Alison McManus, Ruth Bury and Tracy Helliwell kept the home side at bay with great tackles and clearances.

Halifax were missing some regulars and Steph Jones, one of those to step in, made some lovely runs down the right and scored two great goals to double the lead.

Otley produced a fast break to pull one back before half time but Halifax’s confidence continued to grow and Walsh scored a third after showing skill and determination to get past the home defence.

Midfielders Zoe Hartley, Emma Bedford and Ruth Griffin made some great passes and Emma Bedford scored a cracker from the edge of the D,

Otley got a second but Hartley and Walsh extended the lead to 8-2.

Five minutes from the end, Otley gave a penalty flick away and Ruth Bury put the ball into the back of the net to send Halifax into the Premier in great heart.

Halifax II 2

Heckmonwike Kirklees 1

THE much-changed seconds finished on a high in Yorkshire Three.

A bright sun made visibility difficult at Park Lane High but it wasn’t long before Louise Bottomley found the back of the net.

Heckmondwike levelled from a penalty corner in spite of the efforts of keeper Jess Thornber and defender Jess Speight.

The visitors loaded their right side and Halifax utilised the space elsewhere in the second half.

Great passing from midfielders Sam Smith, Margaret Bottomley and Adele Cocker and fine movement from forwards Lydia Priestly and Michaela Holroyd resulted in a goal from Holroyd.

Halifax held on with Linda Clarkson, Sue Kelly and Claire Murgatroyd producing some great tackles and the side may finish second, depending on an outstanding fixture between Syngenta and Leeds.

Cleckheaton I 2

Halifax III 0

The last match of the season brought defeat for Halifax, but a team promoted last season could still feel satisfied with sixth place in Yorkshire Four.

Several regulars were missing and Steph Jones left to help out the firsts at half time.

In a hard fought battle played in warm conditions, Cleckheaton took the lead early in the second half from a penalty flick.

Halifax continued to battle and forwards Danielle Parker, Rachel Hoyle, Katie Shannon and Philippa Wilkinson were denied by some fine saves.

It was hard work in midfield for Nicola Boulton, player of the match Ellen Campsall, Stephanie Hoyle and Jo Hardingham with play going from end to end.

Fine runs down the left by Shannon and Hoyle came to nothing as Cleckheaton, who needed a win to earn a play-off match to have a chance of remaining in the division, stuck to their guns.

The defence of Sharon Jones, Amy Campsall and captain April Hendy held out for most of the match, but a well-worked goal gave keeper Claire Donson little chance.

Yorkshire Seven (men): Halifax V 1 Acomb II 3.