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Cambridge South V savour historic win against Ely City III in East Women's Hockey League

Cambridge South's Polly Lockyer, in yellow . Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge South's Polly Lockyer, in yellow . Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge South V created a memorable moment with their first win in only their second competitive match as they beat Ely City III 4-0 in East Women’s League, Division 5NW (S).

With a mixture of new players and others returning to South colours, they gelled well from the start.

Joint player-of-the-match Polly Lockyer was a source of creativity and defensive resilience for South, as the goals were shared by Sarah Rittman, with her first for the club, Nicky Simler and joint player-of-the-match Anna Crucefix, with two goals.

Other notable contributions came from Rosie Brown and Liz Halliday, who both excelled in their first games after getting back into the sport this summer through South’s Women’s Masters Back-to-Hockey programme.

Flo Brimblecombe scored five goals as South won 10-1 against Cambridge University III in 2NW.

Fresh from their 9-0 win over Nomads, there was no let-up in their scoring. Brimblecombe’s quintet were added to by two from Izzy Echenique and one apiece from Katie Gibson, Alice Wright and skipper Kim Cooil.

With the passing so pivotal to break down the university, Brimblecombe, Abi Jewkes and Gibson shared player-of-the-match plaudits.

Cambridge Nomads suffered a 3-1 defeat at Long Sutton.

The hosts made a bright start to score early, and got a second from a short corner.

Abi Halliday converted a penalty corner for Nomads’ first goal of the season before the break but, despite the good work in defence of player-of-the-match Kerry Alexander, Sutton got a third in the second half.

South II made it two wins out of two in 3S by beating Saffron Walden II 3-0.

Right-winger Rebecca Frith’s good work resulted in the first goal with a deflection off a Walden defender.

They completed their scoring before the break, with Sam McComish breaking through one-on-one to nutmeg the keeper, and skipper Izzy MacDonald-Parry got the third with a penalty corner drag-flick.

Lucy Davidson’s goal was not enough for South III as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Shefford & Sandy II in a niggly and physical game in 4NW (S), in which keeper Bryony Brown produced a number of fantastic saves.

Alice Rizzardo and Flo Neissen were the scorers for Nomads II as they won 2-0 against St Ives IV.

Four different scorers helped South IV to a 4-0 win over Wisbech Town III in 5NW (S).

Left-winger Naomi Gibson got the first goal at the far post after a flowing move, Kat Gibson forced home the second through a crowded D and Bex Jackson’s thumping finish made it 3-0 at half time.

Player-of-the-match Tess Skyrme completed the scoring after an incisive solo run.

Heidi Baber scored an early goal for Cambridge City, but Sevenoaks hit back to earn a 2-1 win in Investec Women’s Hockey League, Division One South.

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