South Wales Ladies Hockey League
Whitchurch Saints 4ths 1 Newcastle Emlyn 2
A goal apiece from the mother and daughter combination of Enfys and Sioned Davies helped steer Newcastle Emlyn to a well deserved win over Whitchurch.
It was the younger of the family duo, Sioned who got the show on the road with the opener and then mum Enfys finished off the job with the winner!
The reds, who travelled on the back of an excellent performance against division high fliers Abergavenny the previous weekend knew that they were in for a tough battle with both teams sitting in similar mid-table positions.
The Ceredigion ladies were triumphant in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season and confidence was high and they started positively and the first half of the game lived up to expectations and was a close-run affair with both teams making several breaks. Whitchurch’s goalkeeper proved to be a difficult player to beat and she scuppered many a chance for the West Wales team . It was an unlucky moment for the visitors when the Saints forwards were handed a chance in the circle midway through the half and in the confusion the ball eventually ricocheted off into the goal via an Emlyn stick to make it 1-0 to the Cardiff side.
Going into the second half Emlyn had a point to prove and they came flying out of the blocks and they drew level when talented youngster and player of the match Sioned Davies made a run from deep, beating several Whitchurch players and rounded the goal keeper to make it one apiece. Fellow youngster Ffion Davies was very strong alongside her namesake, playing an important role both in defence and attack. Nia Williams in the Emlyn goal also made a string of outstanding saves in both the first and second half, and once again Ellie Lloyd at centre-back was a brick wall for Emlyn.
The visitors struck again soon after this when hard working midfielder Mel Williams carried the ball down field before passing to Enfys Davies whose powerful shot gave the hosts keeper little chance- much to the delight of her team mates.
There were a few chances late on for both teams but it was the reds who saw the game out for a win they thoroughly deserved.
This weekend Newcastle Emlyn are scheduled to entertain Rhondda 2nds but this game may well go the way of other sports following the mass cancellations because of the coronavirus and a decision will be made this week by Hockey Wales.