Hannah’s hat-trick can’t halt clinical derby rivals Park

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The SLFC Open Age side dominated proceedings at Sherburn against Fishburn Park, but finished on the wrong end of a 5-3 defeat against their Whitby rivals.

With a very strong wind proving difficult for both teams to overcome, Boro were on the back foot early as Fishburn forced Lucy Collins into two smart saves.

However she couldn’t keep out the opener, which flew into the top corner from former SLFC player Lou Middlemas.

Boro fought back and after Hannah Green and Chloe Bennett went close with shots just over the top, they drew level on 25 minutes.

Vicki Simm collected a loose ball in midfield and played a great pass into Dani Kendrick.

The Boro skipper flicked a pass over the top to Green, who took a touch and blasted into the bottom corner.

Both Bennett and Chloe Marshall had low shots saved, and Bennett rattled the bar on the 30 minute mark, as Boro enjoyed their best spell of the half.

However it was the visitors who finished the half stronger and went in at half-time 4-1 in the ascendancy.

Their second aught the wind and out-foxed keeper Collins, the third was a sweet strike from the edge of the box from former SLFC junior star Emily Dowson.

And the fourth saw a striker nip round Collins to force the ball home despite the brave efforts of Sophie Ambler to clear the ball off the line.

Boro started the second -half like a team possessed and within 15 seconds of the restart they pulled one back to give themselves hope of a way back into the contest.

From the kick-off Dani Kendrick played a long ball to the left and Beth Taylor pulled the ball back.

Hannah Green was in the right place at the right time and notched her second with a brilliant left-footed finish past the keeper.

And five minutes later Green had her hat-trick all wrapped up.

Bennett played a ball through for the striker to slot into the far corner and bring the score back to 4-3.

The signs were there for Boro, who were now playing with with the wind at their backs, to go on take the game to Fishburn.

But credit must go to the away side for defending very well and halting Boro’s charge.

Green, Marshall, Kendrick and Bennett all had efforts saved, while Lucy Ambler poked a chance just wide when following up a shot mis-held by the keeper.

Lizzy Alport struck a shot from the halfway line which caught in the wind and the keeper had to be smart to push over.

However it would be Fishburn who scored next, sealing the game in the 85th minute when the number 10 shot past Collins from the edge of the box.

It was rough on the Boro ladies, who had battled extremely well and dominated the game.

The home side must have had more than 20 efforts at goal, but Fishburn were clinical in front of goal and scored the majority of their efforts and went home with the three points.

Boro have a free Sunday this week, and are back in action on November 22 at Guisborough.