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Five-star ‘Gate Ladies too good for derby rivals Ben Rhydding

Shelly Harrison bagged a brace in Harrogate Ladies 1s' derby win over Ben Rhydding Ladies 2s. Picture: Caught Light Photography
Shelly Harrison bagged a brace in Harrogate Ladies 1s' derby win over Ben Rhydding Ladies 2s. Picture: Caught Light Photography

Harrogate Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI took the local bragging rights when they saw off derby rivals Ben Rhydding in North Division One.

Rachel Till’s in-form team, beaten just once in their last 14 outings, netted three unanswered goals in the second half to record a 5-2 success, their third win in succession.

The sides couldn’t be separated in what was an even first half, ‘Gate taking the lead after Lucy Wood’s short-corner was expertly deflected in at the far post by striker Shelly Harrison.

Ben Rhydding drew level immediately, hitting back with a goal on the break, but the hosts went 2-1 up when Megan Clark’s through-ball found Harrison who sent the ball across the keeper and into the bottom corner.

A misjudged pass by Lucy Wood in the centre of the pitch then led to the visitors breaking forward into the D and being awarded a short-corner, from which they registered again to make the score 2-2 at half-time.

Till’s side came out strongly for the second period and put Ben Rhydding under a lot of pressure and although the visitors had an effort disallowed, ‘Gate were soon back in front.

A crucial strike from Megan Clark from a narrow angle flew into the bottom right corner for 3-2.

Just five minutes later, Evelyn Wright broke down the right-hand side and played the ball past the away goalkeeper for Wood to slot home.

Skipper Till then made the points safe as she picked up a long ball from Laura Beardsmore and rounded things off with a fine finish.