Amber Valley Hornets pick up three vital points

Matlock Baileans v Beeston. Pictured for Matlock (in white) is Gemma Phipps.
Matlock Baileans v Beeston. Pictured for Matlock (in white) is Gemma Phipps.

For the second week in succession Amber Valley Hornets scored five goals as they beat Ashbourne II 5-0 to take all three points.

Last week it was Matlock III who felt the full force of Sarah Joyce’s surging runs as she scored three goals, with Charlotte Welsby and Bev Allan netting one each in a 5-1 victory.

This week the Hornets travelled to Ashbourne for a lunch time push back at a pitch where the team have often got the results they desired, but often not the performance.

And this was another of those matches as Ashbourne defended in numbers and stopped the Hornets settling into their passing game.

But the Hornets took the lead thanks to a Sarah Joyce shot.

And she was able to add another a short while later from a penalty corner that bobbled around and eventually found the net.

The game was by no means all the Hornets way though and, as Ashbourne broke at speed, Tanya Rouse in the net was called upon to make some timely saves.

Just as it looked like the game would head into half-time with no further goals, Tracey Harris took on the role of centre-half and pushed the ball to Joyce for her hat-trick.

She then passed the ball into a dangerous area for Charlotte Welsby to lift the ball into the back of the net as Hornets took a firm grasp on the match.

The second half saw Ashbourne much more on the attack and, as they once again pushed forward at speed, it looked like they would be rewarded with a goal. But the Hornets defence led by Rachael Warner held firm.

Yet despite a number of good passing sequences that led to the Hornets having opportunities in the D, they were unable to add to their lead until the final passage of play in the half led to a penalty corner that Joyce poked home to seal the victory.