Women fight back late in Meteors? win
COMPETITION front-runners Meteors were forced to stage a second half comeback before upstaging Sparks 2-1 in their Gladstone and District Hockey Association women's A1 clash at Rigby Park yesterday.
Sparks took a 1-0 lead into the halftime break courtesy of a Hayley Moran goal but could not prevent the strong Meteors outfit from hitting back in the second period with goals to Bianca Nathan and Jami Long.
Sparks defender Angela Jeynes said her side had played strongly in the first half with forward Sophie Badyk, in particular, proving a handful for Meteors' defence.
She also praised the efforts of defender Sarah Jackson who saved a Meteors shot on the goal line in the second half and played strongly throughout the match.
Meteors coach Roy Smith said his side had been 'bustled off their game' by a determined Sparks in the first half but was happy his side regained discipline in the second stanza.
'We started to get a bit of control back in the second half and got the discipline going again,' Smith said.
Smith said his side was guilty of throwing away its many opportunities off short corners but he was happy with the team's defence.
'We scrambled well in defence but we needed to,' he said. Smith said the work rate of strike players Jill Mathison and Bianca Nathan was outstanding while Sam Barnett and Raelene Webber were strong in defence.
The win extended Meteors' lead on the premiership ladder.