Spectacular goal as Belper rattle league leaders

GOAL! -- Sally Goodman flies high to give Belper the lead against Wakefield.
GOAL! -- Sally Goodman flies high to give Belper the lead against Wakefield.

Brave Belper rattled tabletopping Wakefield before succumbing to a 3-1 defeat that left them perilously close to the bottom three in the Conference North of the Investec Women’s Hockey League.

After weathering early pressure, Belper not only stunned the hosts with their tactic of pushing two forwards high up the field, they also took the lead with a spectacular goal from Sally Goodman, who showed terrific agility to leap and strike a shot into the net from open play in the 22nd minute.

Goodman had also gone close with two other one-on-one chances but, like so many times this season, Belper were unable to grab that crucial second goal and Wakefield hit back with three goals past ‘keeper Monica Jones-Knowles in a killer six-minute spell in the second half.