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Hockey club's veterans' game raises nearly £350 for cancer research

PUBLISHED: 16:25 17 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:25 17 May 2017

Lowestoft Ladies Hockey Club Veterans. Picture: Isabel Rothon

Lowestoft Ladies Hockey Club Veterans. Picture: Isabel Rothon

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Players past and present from Lowestoft Ladies Hockey Club took to the pitch for the annual charity veteran's match, which raised £348.50 Cancer Research UK.

The evenly-matched red and white teams got stuck in from the off and it was the experienced white attacking line of Denise Wayman, Wendy Moore and Amy Holmes that pressurised the Redss defence line early on leading to Amy Holmes opening the scoring.

Quick accurate passes in the Reds’ midfield between Katy Hands and Carol Maycock led to a strong break down the right and into the D. With strong shots from Sarah Rogers and Chrissy Pilbrow, the whites defence of Jenny Morrison, Julia Deary and Sandra Ellinor worked well to keep the ball away from keeper Kate Bond, but Katy Hands, a reliable scorer for the current first XI, hit the backboard with her precise shot.

The energy and fighting spirit on both teams remained high coming up to half-time. For the Whites it was the determination and pace of Chloe McMorran in the middle supported on the wings by Wendy and Becky Hurren that led to them regaining the lead with Emily Firmin joining the attacking line and securing the second goal.

The Reds looked strong entering the second half, led by Jo Pilbrow in the goal. The defensive line of Julie Harman, Tammy Malster and Julie O’Neil sat high and strong, pushing their midfielders up to support their attackers and so it wasn’t long before Bond, another player for known for her defensive presence, wreaked havoc in the Whites’ D and had her shot on goal denied.

The Reds persisted with Vanessa Shillings and Desi Reed breaking through the middle to set Iris Warnes up for a strong runs down the left, supported by Sarah Rogers, who looked eager to get on the scoresheet but this time it was the defensive work of Emily that stopped the Reds from scoring. Kim Tuohy for the Whites followed with a quick break down their left wing supported by Chloe and Emily to get the Whites back in the Reds’ D with the third goal secured not long after.

The Reds kept strong and were able to secure their final goal of the game when awarded a short corner that Katy Hands converted. With the time running out the Whites showed what they could do when it came to short corners and Chloe McMorran smashed in the final goal to make it 4-2,

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