Alison Small goal edges Cambridge South closer to historic promotion
Victory over Spalding brings elevation nearer
Alison Small scored the vital goal to put Cambridge South on the brink of securing promotion to East Women’s League, Division Two for the first time in their history.
After passing a late fitness test for the 3NW encounter, Kim Cooil made her presence felt to break the deadlock between the teams.
Spalding fought back to draw level at the break, but South increased the pressure in the second half and with two minutes remaining, player-of-the-match Cooil fed Small to score at the far post to give them a 2-1 win.
South need three points from their final four matches to seal promotion.
Annie Marther was on target for Cambridge Nomads in their 4-1 defeat to Cambridge City III in 2NW.
In 4NW (S), Cambridge South II won 2-0 against Ely City II.
Emma-Rose Smith’s spectacular finish from eight yards got them on their way and the second goal was a team effort that went the length of the pitch, starting with Serin Dabb and finishing with Lauren Brown scoring into an empty goal.
Jenny Lovegrove’s goal sealed Nomads II a 1-0 victory over Huntingdon II.
Hayley Pryke display as a makeshift defender saw her named player-of-the-match for Cambridge South III as they lost 6-0 to an experienced St Neots III side.
Simon Ta grabbed a hat-trick for Cambridge South III as they gave their promotion challenge in East Men’s League, Division 5NW a push with a 4-2 win over Kettering II.
After a goalless first half, Ta produced a couple of opportunistic strikes to put South 2-0 up.
Jason James put away the third and Ta then completed his treble.
Kettering got two goals back, but South held on to open up a 10-point gap on their opponents in the table.
Two goals from Chris Pearson could not stop Cambridge South losing 3-2 to promotion-chasing Sudbury in 2N.
He struck twice in two minutes, with one goal from a penalty stroke and the other with a shot from the top of the circle.
But when South sweeper Chris Graveling was sin-binned, Sudbury netted twice to draw level and got their winner through a deflected effort to beat in-form keeper Jason Mann.
South sit just above the relegation zone on goal difference.
Cambridge Nomads moved back to third in the 2N table with a comprehensive 8-1 win over Ipswich-East Suffolk II.
Alex James opened the scoring, with Mike Longson putting a short corner rebound away for the second after 10 minutes.
I-ES got a goal back, but then Nomads piled on the pressure.
Richard Lloyd scored a hat-trick, Martin Hamon got two and James added his second to put Nomads just three points adrift of top spot.
Cambridge South II sealed a 3-1 win over City of Peterborough VI in 4NW.
James Mathews’ deflected effort broke the deadlock, James Menzies nutmegged the keeper for the second and Jack Chalk got the third with a reverse stick shot high into the net. Peterborough grabbed a consolation before half time.
Alex Pashley and Rob Barton were on target for Cambridge South IV as they beat St Neots V 2-1 in 6NW (S).
The win keeps South on the heels of leaders St Neots IV, with the sides set to face each other this weekend.
Shahbaz Ali scored all four goals for Cambridge South V as they won 4-3 against Cambridge Nomads III in a friendly. Mel Ragnauth notched a double for Nomads and Bertie Peck got one.