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Cambridge South keep up promotion chase

Jess Woodhouse scored Cambridge South II's 100th goal of the season
Jess Woodhouse scored Cambridge South II's 100th goal of the season

Cambridge South’s faint hopes of promotion from East Women’s League, Division 2NW were kept alive with a 3-0 win over Newmarket.

Goals from Robyn McLean, Carly Brown and Maddy Barker did the damage, with Jenny Taylor playing an instrumental part on her debut to earn the player-of-the-match award.

South are fourth in the table on goal difference from Bourne Deeping and, with the top two earning promotion, they are seven points adrift of second-placed St Ives with a game in hand.

Cambridge Nomads suffered a 1-0 defeat to St Ives II.

Both sets of defences were on top in the first half, limiting the number of opportunities so it remained goalless at half time.

Despite some opportunities and dominating possession after the break, Nomads could not break the deadlock and, as they tired, it fell to St Ives to score on the counter attack from a narrow angle.

Abi Halliday was named player of the match for her excellent work in midfield.

It is now 18 wins out of 18 for South II as they defeated Bury St Edmunds III 6-0.

Jess Woodhouse got the opening goal, and South’s 100th of the season, and they had a save from keeper Lydia Neil to thank for preserving their lead.

Two goals from Izzy MacDonald-Parry and one from Dani Arnold made it 4-0 at half time.

Player-of-the-match Sarah Haddow capped a solid midfield display with the fifth and Alison Small completed the scoring.

South III produced their best performance of the season to beat Cambridge City V 4-1 in 4NW (S).

Hannah Snow capitalised on good work from Jasmine Ong to open the scoring, and South’s lead was doubled when Rhiannon Davies picked out Zara Mann to tap home.

Snow struck her second at the start of the second half and as City sought to get back into the game, keeper Cassie Woodfin produced a number of good saves and player-of-the-match Lauren Eddy was strong in defence.

Quick-thinking from Charlotte Wilson saw her dribble into the top of the shooting circle to get the fourth, while City got a late consolation.

The four-game winning run of South IV came to an end with a 5-4 defeat to City VI in 5NW (S).

In a see-saw match Jess Foord got her 10th goal of the season, player-of-the-match Anne Woodman netted her first for South and Tess Skyrme and Iona Bell got one apiece.

Cambridge City bounced back from going two goals down to draw 2-2 at Southgate in Investec Women’s Hockey League, Conference East.

Lisa Williamson and Helen Richardson-Walsh were on target for City.

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