Cambridge South IV clinch promotion with win over Wisbech Town III in East Women's League
Cambridge South IV have clinched promotion from the East Women’s League, Division 5NW after a 3-1 win at Wisbech Town III.
The hosts opened the scoring against the run of play, but South responded as a passing move started by skipper Zara Bradley ended with Emily Stevenson equalising.
After half time, player-of-the-match Kat Gibson made it 2-1 to South.
As play swung from end to end, Naomi Gibson made full use of an advantage from the umpire to score South’s third.
It confirmed a top-two spot, and gives them a nine-point lead at the top with just five games to play.
Cambridge City stay in the hunt for third place after a 2-1 win over St Albans in Premier A.
They made a bad start, going 1-0 down in the opening action of the match, but Megan Beard finished a broken down penalty corner with confidence to make it 1-1 at half time.
Georgie Coote kept her impressive run going, bursting free into space to score the winning goal.
South’s first team took a big step towards the 2NW title with a 3-2 win over Spalding, who also harbour promotion ambitions.
Alice Wright opened the scoring with a reverse-stick shot and player-of-the-match Harriet Walker doubled the lead after a sweeping move.
Spalding hit back to draw level with goals either side of half time.
However, another multi-pass move from South led to Abi Jewkes tapping home the winner, giving them a 15th win in 16 games to stay 10 points clear at the top.
Madigayle Yeoman and May Busher scored two goals apiece as City IV won 4-1 against Bourne Deeping to keep up their hopes of survival in 2NW.
Busher flicked home a reverse-stick shot from close range to give City the lead in their first attack, and their advantage was doubled when Yeoman was on hand to poke home a rebound.
Bourne pulled a goal back before half time but, at the start of the second half, a sweeping move saw Busher play the ball to the far post for Yeoman to deflect in.
Busher finished the scoring with a strong strike from the top of the circle as they closed the gap on Bourne.
Izzy MacDonald-Parry grabbed the only goal of the game as South II earned a hard-fought 1-0 win over Bedford III in 3S.
The Bedford keeper was in inspired form to keep South at bay, except for when MacDonald-Parry took a pass from player-of-the-match Jess Woodhouse to shoot under the dive with a reverse-stick sweep.
South withstood a late penalty corner for Bedford to clinch their win.