During what turned out to be a glorious sunny day, Wakefield U16 Girls secured the Yorkshire Youth League Lucy Caley Trophy following a tense day of competition at Silcoates School. The morning started with a 1-2 defeat to a strong Doncaster side. Wakefield lacked the space to use their speed to good effect as Doncaster netted twice early in the game – some slick passing beating a sleepy Wakefield defence. The girls finished the game strongly, scoring late and adding pressure but could not force a successful result. Wakefield changed shape for the second game, bringing much needed width, skills and pace to stretch a well organised Ben Rhydding defence. This proved effective as Wakefield capitalised to score from a decisive drag flick short corner. The girls stayed well structured, secured possession of the ball and showed strong defence to record a controlled 1-0 win.
Wakefield entered the final game against Thirsk knowing that a 2-0 win would secure the trophy and league champion status. They responded exceptionally well to the pressure, moving off the ball into space to score two early goals and settle any nerves. Wakefield didn’t let up and maintained the intensity, keeping the game flowing with superb awareness as the ball transferred at speed across the Silcoates pitch. The girls conversion rate to score from short corner routines this season has been excellent and once again the goals flowed. Wakefield won the game 4-0, end the season top of the league and are now proud owners of the Lucy Caley Trophy.
Next Wakefield move to the England Hockey Cup North Finals on 11th March with the prize being representation at the U16 Girls National Finals.