Amber Valley Hornets’ excellent start to the Derbyshire Division One season shows no signs of faltering just yet, after 4-1 win on Saturday against Matlock Baileans 3rds.
Fully aware that being at the top of the league means all the other teams want to knock you down a place or two, the Hornets knew this game was a crucial part of the season and the time put in at training and before the game paid off.
Two goals each for Sarah Joyce and Charlotte Welsby sealed the victory and the combination of lifting the ball over the advancing goalkeeper or drawing the keeper and passing the ball to a free player was used to great effect, although the Matlock goalkeeper made some fine saves from direct shots and even forced the Hornets to put a penalty flick wide of the net.
The Hornets had more in the way of territorial advantage in the first half and as Lynn Creswell and Dawn Spendlove held the centre of the park, Bev Allan and Ellesha Garner attacked down the wings, but some strong defending from Matlock made the Hornets work extra hard.
The second half saw Matlock’s mixture of experience and youth attacking more and they had many quick breaks that forced Kate Turner and Deb Elliot to make some good tackles, while at the other end Jayne Notman was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet for the Hornets with some good strikes at goal.
Matlock’s possession and pressure finally paid off as they lifted the ball into the net from close range from a penalty corner for a much deserved goal.
Amber Valley’s second team, informally known as the Bees, are also in fine form and had an excellent 8-0 win away at Rolls Royce 2nds to keep them top of Derbyshire Division Three.