Seven-goal display sends the Hornets joint top of the league

Sarah Evans, Amber Valley Hornets
Sarah Evans, Amber Valley Hornets

Two contrasting weeks saw Amber Valley Hornets soundly beaten and then fire home seven goals to take three points that, due to other results, have seen them go joint level at the top of the table again.

Only goal difference now separates the top three teams in the Derbyshire League Division One.

The last Saturday in January saw Derby Asterdale 2nds beat the Hornets 4-2.

The Hornets started well and a goalmouth scramble early on saw the ball fall to Sarah Joyce to lift a shot into the back of the net. This was quickly followed by a second from Joyce on the post at a penalty corner.

Within minutes though, Asterdale showed their quality and soon drew level with two great passing movements that cut the Hornets’ defence in two with ease.

The Hornets responded with a change in formation in the hope of containing the Derby side, but never really got to grips with the movement both on and off the ball of the opposition, who deservedly added a further two goals before the break.

The second half started as a much more balanced affair with both teams having good attacks and looking solid in defence. The weather took a turn for the worse with about 20 minutes left to play and the match had to be stopped when a storm left the pitch covered in hailstones, but once play resumed the game was completed without either side adding to their tally.

Then, on Saturday, the Hornets returned to winning ways by hammering Belper 3rds 7-2.

Once again, the Hornets started well and took an early lead with a fierce shot from Jane Notman, but Belper soon drew level with a well worked goal. As the wind was howling, the Hornets rotated their substitutes regularly and Ellesha Garner came on and found herself in some good positions in the d. When a penalty corner was awarded ,Vicki Wain smashed the ball to Sarah Joyce on the post to deflect the ball home.

Both sides by now had settled into a good rhythm and Belper drew level thanks to many quick attacks and fine passing that got the reward they deserved.

The Hornets were fully aware that the next goal would be crucial and when Jane Notman fired home from a penalty corner it seemed to settle some nerves. Before long, she had completed her hat-trick with another fine shot.

Belper always looked dangerous on the break and kept Kate Salt, Tracey Bonser and Terri Cartledge on their toes at the back. Lynn Creswell added a further goal with a straight strike at a penalty corner, before Sarah Joyce completed another season hat-trick with a goal from close range followed by another on the post again from a penalty corner.