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Cambridge City start the new year in style

Goals shared around as Lilywhites go joint top

Cambridge City made a winning start to 2017 with a 4-0 victory over Little Thurrock in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League, Division One.

Despite dominating the game from start to finish, it took a while for City to break down the visitors’ defence, and that came through a long-range effort from Bronte Rapley.

Sarah Mosley’s well-struck shot made it 2-0 to City at half time.

After the break, Philippa Witherspoon scored a well-worked goal and Lolly Tomlinson’s strong run and finish completed the win that puts City joint top of the table, with three games in hand.

Histon produced some of their best football of the season in the Premier Division but it went unrewarded as they lost 4-1 at in-form AFC Sudbury.

The visitors opened the scoring when a direct ball from Ali Wright called the Sudbury keeper into action, and she had to battle with striker Jordanne Sillitoe.

And the keeper’s clearance was blocked by Sillitoe, who then managed to slide the ball home from a tight angle.

But Sudbury drew level in the 28th minute, and then got two further goals before the break to have a surprising 3-1 lead.

Sudbury got a fourth goal against the run of play from the penalty spot after 56 minutes, but Histon then got on top.

Their best chance came in the 76th minute as Ammie Durrant’s four-yard volley on the turn hit the upright, while Gemma Moore’s 25-yard effort flew just over the bar.

Cambridge City’s development team secured an 8-2 win over Riverside res in S-Tech League, Women’s Championship South.

It was a hard-working performance from City against the spirited visitors, but the convincing result means that City stay top of the league.

Bella Simmons smashed four goals, Carla Penny hammered a hat-trick and Erin Walusimbi got one apiece for City, who had Erin Fox and Lucy Hurst stepping up from the under-16 squad to make their debuts.

Cambridge United won 4-0 against Southampton in the second round of the Women’s FA Cup, with Nicole Perschky, Danielle Puddefoot, Mollie Kmita and Becky Taylor all on the score sheet.

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