Boys u10s

THE boys under 10 team were at Leeds on Sunday for their second appearance in the YYHL. The boys were supported by Rebecca in goal and Mary in defence with Ned and Harry. With Oliver Q and Oliver S in the midfield and Ewan played as a lone forward.

The team put in a sterling performance, keeping positions so that wide passes were always on, marking with their sticks on the ground and chasing every loose ball.

Starting against City of York C team, Thirsk were the first game on and despite the cold wind, kept harassing the York players. Thirsk were the better team in terms of positional play and ball control but could not break through the York defence. Result 0-0. Then came Chapletown A team, who had some skilful players.

Despite some desperate defence the team went down 2-0. Two games off and then came Ben Rhydding C team. A better performance but Thirsk lost 1-0.

Next was Ben Rhydding D who seemed to be stronger than their C team and ran out 2-0 winners. Last game was Brigg who needed to win to gain promotion.

Plenty of support from the parents and directions from the coach, saw the team really getting together.

Rebecca covered their attempts at goal and with several free hits near the Brigg D the ball found its way through a bunch of players and there was Ewan to strike it into the goal. 1-0 to Thirsk. Thanks to the parents for their support and transportation of players.

Special thanks to the girls for making up the team, and well done to all the players, the coach was very pleased and proud of their efforts.

Ladies 1sts

LADIES 1sts made the long trip to top of the league Lindum for their final league match of the season.

Fielding an understrength side with young Yasmin Marshall helping out with a last minute call up, Thirsk started slowly and conceded a scrappy 2nd minute goal but responded well, defending brilliantly and creating chances. They managed to keep Lindum down to 1 nil at halftime.

With the two sides evenly matched, chances were created with keepers from both sides excelling. Lindum scored a second goal halfway through the half, which was quickly followed by a third goal. Thirsk were tiring noticeably, but still kept pushing trying to get a consolation goal that their play deserved.

It wasn't to be, so final score was 3 nil to Lindum. It's been a tough season for Thirsk but they kept always giving 100%, blooding several youngsters throughout the season, The future looks bright.

Player of the Match was Marianne.

Ladies 2nds

This week Thirsk 2nds travelled to play Leeds Adel 3rds knowing anything less than a win may lose them their current position of third in the league.

Thirsk started slowly with Adel having the majority of possession but not causing the Thirsk defence any problems.

Thirsk eventually worked their way into the game and were unlucky not to take the lead after a run down the right by Libby whose cross just evaded the forwards.

Holly was causing the Adel team problems with her runs through the middle and it was from one of these attacks that they took the lead. Holly found herself in the D on the left and hit a reverse stick strike past the Adel goalkeeper.

Adel were not really creating chances with Grace, Penny and Jess winning the ball in midfield and moving the ball to Hannah up front but Thirsk could not add to the first goal.

After a break by Adel they were awarded a short corner from which they equalised. The shot at goal beat Chelsea in goal and Lynne was unfortunate to not quite stop the shot on the goal line. Half time came, with the score at 1-1.

In the second half Adel had spells of pressure with Thirsk disrupted from their game. Several balls were played into the D but with no end product.

The only time the Adel forward beat the Thirsk defence of Lynne, Naomi, Oona and Hannah, Chelsea timed her run from goal and blocked the shot.

Thirsk continued to attack looking for the winning goal and were rewarded when a shot from Libby looped up at the Adel goalkeeper who missed her chance to clear, Hayley was on hand to hit the ball home.

Thirsk were now back in control and kept possession of the ball till the final whistle to win 2-1.

Player of the match was awarded to Jess for her all-round play in midfield. Special mention to keeper Chelsea for making some ninja-esque saves to ensure Thirsk kept their lead. Thirsk's final game of the season is away to Skipton next week.