ALDERLEY Edge Hockey Club women's team lost 2-0 against Sutton Coldfield.

On a sunny Saturday morning, Edge arrived to play a previously postponed away game and were determined to get stuck in and improve on their past 5-1 performance against Coldfield, who are placed second in the Investec Women’s National Hockey League Conference North.

Conditions were tricky on a half-frozen pitch.

Despite many slips and grazes, Edge dominated the first quarter, completing a team objective of gaining a circle entry in the first five minutes.

Unfortunately, strong pressing from Sutton allowed them to convert a rebound off keeper Rachel Humpherson.

The third quarter was extremely unlucky for Alderley with both umpires missing a crucial foot in front of goal that allowed Sutton forward, McCabe, to lift the ball and score her's and Sutton’s second.

Edge heads didn’t go down and the final quarter was the team's best, with great forward and defensive organisation.

Energy levels rose and Edge worked as a team passing it round with speed and precision.

An unfortunate result, but much progress and a fair achievement against the second best team.

Player of the match was shared by Lara Tabachnik and Annie Hebb for dynamic forward play, organisation, great passes and speed.

Edge now look forward to a home match against league leaders Nottingham University on Saturday, February 1.

The seconds lost 3-1 at Deeside Ramblers, the thirds drew 2-2 against Deeside Ramblers seconds.

Team of the week was Alderley Edge fourths who beat Oswestry to go top of Cheshire Women’s League Division Three.