Gosford converted an early lead against local rivals The Entrance at Central Coast Hockey Centre into a 3-nil win on Saturday afternoon in “horrible” weather conditions.

Deana Carr opened the scoring for the victors, slotting home her first chance in the first quarter. Her daughter Ella Carr was next to score, beating the goalkeeper one-on-one at the top of the circle to double Gosford’s advantage.

Helen Hathaway clinched the victory as she converted Gosford’s third goal from a short corner. The Entrance were able to deny Gosford a fourth in the last quarter, but were unable to find their own advantages in the 3-0 loss.

Gosford captain Kylie Kingsley said she was pleased with her team’s performance despite the torrid conditions across the Hunter and Central Coast on Saturday.

“The girls who played really stepped up,” said Kingsley.

“We had a few injuries and players out sick, so the youngsters on the field really went out and gave it their all which resulted in the win.

“Jackie McCray was one of our key players this match, she did a ridiculous amount of running in the centre to keep us structured and get the goals.”

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Elsewhere in the NDWHA Premier League, Erina Avoca Beach faced the Oxfords on the Central Coast.

Back at the Newcastle International Hockey Centre, the Tigers battled to a nil-all draw against the Regals. Both sides fought hard but failed to find the back of the net. Also on Saturday, Central defeated University 2-0.

TABLE: Souths (40), Erina Avoca (37), Oxfords (35), Tigers (32), Regals (31), Gosford (29), Central (26), The Entrace (19), University (14).