Hockey: Doncaster ladies go clear at top

Doncaster's ladies are top of the North Premier Division.
Doncaster's ladies are top of the North Premier Division.

Doncaster’s ladies won 3-1 at Chester to maintain their one hundred per cent winning record in the North Premier Division.

The Town Field club have a five-point lead at the top of the table and host second-placed Kirkby Stephen on Saturday (2pm).

An injury and illness-hit Doncaster made the journey across the M62 to an unbeaten Chester side last weekend for an early push back.

The game started brightly and the visitors began well on the ball, quickly adapting to Chester’s high, full press from set-plays.

The confidence shown to transfer the ball throughout the team was clear and it reaped its rewards as Chester soon began to look stretched across the pitch, with Doncaster taking full advantage and gaining several short corners and more possession higher up the pitch.

Although Chester were relying heavily on the long ball, they did manage to penetrate the Doncaster line on more than one occasion and only some fantastic goalkeeping from Steph Lonyon kept the visitors level.

An injury to Charlotte Dodds up front meant a debut for Annabel Bennett came earlier than planned, but the substitute stepped up to the task brilliantly and caused problems with her pace.

Goals from Millie Milton, a first league goal from Fiona Bolland, and a well taken debut goal from Bennett saw Doncaster go three goals to the good and effectively seal the points.

Chester did pull a consolation goal back a couple of minutes before the end but it was a well deserved victory for the Town Field ladies.

Results elsewhere gave Doncaster a five-point lead heading into this weekend’s top of the table clash.

n Doncaster’s men gained revenge for a 4-0 cup defeat to Sheffield Hallam in August by beating them in the league.

Sunday’s 1-0 win at Town Field saw Doncaster go fifth in the Conference North standings going into this weekend’s trip to University of Durham.