Alice Hug on form to help fire Cambridge South to victory
Wisbech unable to stop dominant South
Cambridge South v Wisbech Town II - Long Road Sixth Form College, Long Rd, Cambridge, . Picture: Keith Heppell
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Alice Hug produced the star turn for Cambridge South as they won 6-1 against Wisbech II in East Women’s League, Division 2NW.
Hug scored a hat-trick, Sophie McComish got two and Maddy Barker thumped home one from a short corner to move South into second place in the table.
Harriet Shipley impressed in defence but Cambridge South II lost the lead of 4NW (S) with a 1-0 defeat to Royston.
In a tightly-contested game, it was a breakaway goal that did the damage, although Shipley produced a solid performance against her old club.
The win saw Royston move above South into first place on goal difference.
In 5NW (S), Cambridge South III won 2-1 against Royston II to take a big step towards the title.
In the first versus second match, Royston took the lead in the first half. But after the turn, player-of-the-match Dani Arnold equalised on the breakaway and Louise Walker grabbed a late winner to extend South’s lead to six points at the top of the table.
Tabitha Broome scored her first goals in senior hockey as Cambridge South IV drew 3-3 with St Ives IV in 5NW (S).
Broome gave South the lead against third-placed St Ives, and a string of fine saves from keeper Cassie Woodfin kept it 1-0 at half time.
Broome made it 2-0 after the break, St Ives pulled one back but then Emily Stevenson made it 3-1 30 seconds later.
However, St Ives scored two in two minutes to earn a draw.
In the East Men’s League, Martin Hamon hit a hat-trick for Cambridge Nomads as they won 5-1 against Felixstowe in Division One.
Jack Franklin scored twice, while Nick Wells was unlucky not to get on the score sheet after twice beating the keeper but only lightly tapping it so a defender was then able to clear.
Cambridge Nomads II got back to winning ways with a 2-1 win over Cambridge South III in 4NW.
Four shots had hit the post or sideboard before Angus Gowland opened the Nomads scoring.
Simon Ta, against his former club, then slapped home a cross from the right to equalise for South.
But Gian Luca got the winner for Nomads from the tightest of angles.
Darren Farmer produced heroics in the Cambridge South II goal as they were beaten 3-2 by Wisbech Town II in 4NW.
The leaders were the better side in the first half, with only man-of-the-match Farmer’s saves keeping the score down to 1-0.
James Menzies equalised for South after the break, but Wisbech then went two goals clear.
Jon Mann’s penalty corner gave South hope, but it was not meant to be.
Rob Barton scored seven goals as Cambridge South IV won 12-0 against an inexperienced Ely City III side in 6NW (S).
Skipper John Greaves netted two and Jason James, Ian Marshman and Jimmy Wood got one apiece to keep South two points clear at the top of the table.
But there was bad news for South V as they lost 10-0 to Ely City II, and it could have been more but for man-of-the-match teenage keeper Ben Thompson.