Hannah de Selincourt strikes to earn Cambridge City draw with Sevenoaks

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 February 2018

Ella Downing in action for Cambridge City against Sevenoaks. Pictures: Keith Heppell.

Ella Downing in action for Cambridge City against Sevenoaks. Pictures: Keith Heppell.

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City bounce back from two goals down

Charlotte Burrows in action for Cambridge City against Sevenoaks. Pictures: Keith Heppell.Charlotte Burrows in action for Cambridge City against Sevenoaks. Pictures: Keith Heppell.

Hannah de Selincourt scored twice for Cambridge City as they drew 2-2 with Sevenoaks in Investec Women’s Hockey League, Conference East.

A poor start put City on the backfoot and Sevenoaks scored on the break early on, and they soon doubled their lead.

Sevenoaks were in their stride, and only some good tackles from Victoria Hill, Emma Shinkin, Ella Picton and Emily Thorpe, and fine saves from Polly Oakman, stopped them adding to their tally.

An inspired half-time team talk led to a different City after the break.

Action from Cambridge City against Sevenoaks. Pictures: Keith Heppell.Action from Cambridge City against Sevenoaks. Pictures: Keith Heppell.

With a high intensity approach, City put pressure on their opponents to force a series of short corners.

Hard work and interlinking passes led to De Selincourt grabbing City’s first goal at the left post.

The minutes ticked by without an equaliser as Ella Downing’s speedy shot earned another short corner that came to nothing.

But in the closing stages, player-of-the-match Becky Hayward’s good work earned a short corner, and Picton’s shot was deflected in by De Selincourt to make it 2-2.

Becky Hayward in action for Cambridge City against Sevenoaks. Pictures: Keith Heppell.Becky Hayward in action for Cambridge City against Sevenoaks. Pictures: Keith Heppell.

In the East Women’s Leagues, Cambridge South II kept alive their promotion push in Division 4NW (S) with a 10-0 win over Wisbech Town III.

Goals came at regular intervals against their already-relegated opponents, with Izzy MacDonald-Parry netting five, player-of-the-match Katie Gibson hitting a hat-trick, and Alice Wright and defender Mel Aksoy, with her first strike in two seasons at the club, getting one apiece.

South are in pole position, three points clear with two games to play.

Louis Walker scored a hat-trick for the first time in nearly 200 appearances in Cambridge South colours as the third team won 8-0 against Newmarket III in 5NW (S). Emily Stevenson bagged a brace and player-of-the-match Jess Langford, Kath Atkin and Polly Lockyer got one apiece to leave South on the brink of the title, with two points needed from three games.

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