Ali Billing puts Cambridge Nomads in their way to victory over Alford
Strong second-half display earns win
Ali Billing produced a player-of-the-match performance as Cambridge Nomads won 7-1 at Alford in the East Women’s League, Division 2NW.
The hosts made the better start, going 1-0 up, but Nomads kept their heads up to lead 2-1 at half time.
Nomads have often proved stronger after the turn, and they dominated play again with their 14-strong squad adding five goals.
Billing scored twice and was named player of the match for her attacking work, while Liz Freeman, Ellie Martin, Kate Westgate and Ruth Marriott were also among the scorers.
Cambridge South suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Bourne Deeping in 2NW.
It was two early goals that did the damage, with South’s defence then stabilising with Blythe Murphy and joint player-of-the-match Emily Morris prominent.
Maddie Withington was making her debut and shared the player-of-the-match honours with Morris after striking up an immediate understanding with Laura Ludlow.
South II were the better of the two form teams in 4NW (S), beating Newmarket II 3-1.
Leaders South went ahead as skipper Izzy MacDonald-Parry converted Hannah Snow’s cross.
Alison Small made it 2-0 with a reverse-stick sweep, and a penalty corner saw Snow make it 3-0 in the second half as South made it seven wins out of seven.
Newmarket, who had won four of their previous five games, got a late consolation.
Jasmine Ong’s neat finish at the back post saw South III earn their third win in a row, beating St Ives III 1-0 in 4NW (S).
The defensive unit of keeper Ana Sear and defenders Charlotte Wilson, Hannay Muncey and player-of-the-match Lauren Eddy stood firm after South had a player sin-binned late on.
South IV produced a strong performance but found leaders St Ives IV too good in 5NW (S) as they lost 2-0.
Goals at either end of the game did the damage, with keeper Cassie Woodfin making a number of saves and Nicole Mills and Zara Mann proving a threat going forward.
Hannah Bloy was on target for Cambridge City as they earned a 1-1 draw at Wimbledon in the Investec Women’s Hockey League, Conference East.
The result saw City drop from first to third in the table, but they are back at Wilberforce Road this Saturday (November 10) against Horsham.