Emphatic victory sees Hornets into last four

Lynn Cresswell''Amber Valley Hornets''Photo by Natz Snapz Photography
Lynn Cresswell''Amber Valley Hornets''Photo by Natz Snapz Photography

Amber Valley Hornets emphatically booked their place in the semi-finals of the Derbyshire Cup on Saturday with a 9-2 win over Woodlands.

The Hornets were only too aware that facing Woodlands, who are top of the division below them, would be no easy match.

It was the Hornets who got into their stride quickest and opened the scoring early in the game, but Woodlands soon drew level with a well-worked goal.

Again the Hornets pushed forward and took the lead with goals from penalty corners and a deflected cross that went in off a defender, but once more Woodlands responded and added a second goal to their tally before the break.

With Woodlands looking more and more dangerous on the attack, the Hornets changed formation at half-time to add extra strength in defence and give the forwards and midfielders more room to play the ball about.

The change paid dividends as Rachel Warner at sweeper was able to slow down Woodlands quick attacks and Dawn Spendlove in the middle played the ball out to the wings with great effect.

This gave the team more confidence and saw further goals scored unanswered.

Goal scorers were Sarah Joyce, who got a hat-trick again, Lynn Cresswell, who fired home from a penalty corner, an own goal and Charlotte Welsby who added four to her season’s total.