League leaders Belper turned on the style to defeat Amber Valley 6-1.
The Hornets knew this match would test them to the full as Belper were sitting just above them at the top of the league and a win for either team would secure top spot.
Amber Valley couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game when, within the first few minutes, Sarah Joyce broke past the Belper defence and slotted the ball home with confidence.
The lead was short lived though as Belper soon drew level with an excellently worked team goal that gave their player a chance to push the ball home at the post.
The goal allowed Belper to settle into their usual game and that set the tone for the remainder of the match, as they moved the ball forward at speed but were equally happy to patiently play the ball around the back waiting for the right moment to push forward.
Belper’s pressure on the Hornets defence saw them awarded a number of penalty corners in both halves and led to goals being fired home with well practiced accuracy and pace.
The Hornets tried hard to play their own game, but they were unable to find any sustained periods of possession and it soon became clear that hitting Belper on the break may be their best chance.
At 4-1 down one such break appeared as Charlotte Welsby worked herself into an excellent position and fired the ball towards the far post from a difficult angle, only to see the ball whizz just past the wrong side of the post.
At the other end Rachael Warner kept the Hornets defence’s work rate up as she led by example clearing away a number of Belper’s attacks.
However the home side continued to add to their scoreline as they went on to win 6-1.