Catherine Owen double steers Cambridge Nomads to victory over Cambridge University III
Catherine Owen scored twice for Cambridge Nomads as they defeated Cambridge University III 3-2 in East Women’s League, Division 2NW.
In a fast-paced first half, player-of-the-match Sarah Broderick scored a short corner to give Nomads the lead.
The students equalised, but Owen got her first to make it 2-1 at half time.
Owen made it 3-1 after the break, with the university pulling back a late consolation.
Cambridge South made it seven wins out of seven with a 6-0 win over Saffron Walden.
It was their most impressive win to date, against the side second in the table with their own previous unbeaten record.
Substitute Carly Brown opened the scoring with her first touch of the game.
Sarah Haddow got the next two, and put a chance for a hat-trick over the bar.
Laura Ludlow also got a brace, being set up for her second by player-of-the-match Katie Gibson, and Brown top-and-tailed the game by getting the sixth and final goal.
South are now seven points clear at the top of the table.
Cambridge City II lost 2-1 to Dereham in East Premier, with their goal coming from Isobell Gingell.
A late penalty corner saw City III pegged back to a 1-1 draw by Cambridge University II in 1N.
Tilly Boult worked brilliantly for City in midfield to create chances and the opening goal came midway through the first half as Emma Owens used her pace to break free one v one with the keeper to lob home.
The pressure mounted on City as the university attacked relentllesly down the wings, but Laura Letchford made many tackles to repel the threat of the students.
However, with less than five minutes remaining, they equalised through a penalty corner.
South II’s run of single goal defeats continued as they were beaten 2-1 by Wapping in 3S.
Two quick goals put Wapping ahead at the National Hockey Centre, but South started to find their feet.
Defenders Grace Blackwell, the player of the match, and Nichola Fennell disrupted the hosts and they earned a series of penalty corners on the counter-attack.
Skipper Izzy MacDonald-Parry hit the post from a penalty corner, leading to a re-take for an offence.
MacDonald-Parry slipped the ball to Dani Arnold to deflect home for South, but they were unable to find an equaliser.
Naomi Gibson and Emily Stevenson got two goals each as leaders Cambridge South IV made it six wins in seven games with a 5-0 victory over Ely City III in East Women’s League, Division 5NW (S).
Katie Hunter took the player-of-the-match honours after moving from defence to midfield and scoring just her second goal for South, on her birthday.
South V suffered a 2-1 defeat to Newmarket IV in a well-contested match in 5NW (S).
Newmarket took the lead at the start of the second half.
Liz Halliday picked out player-of-the-match Claudia Girardone to equalise for South, only for Newmarket to grab a winner.
Fay Dunkerley pushed in the only goal of the game in the second half as Nomads II won 1-0 against St Ives III in an evenly-matched game in 4NW (S).
Anna Dunkerley was Nomads’ player of the match.
Debutant Jessica Green netted for South III in a 3-0 win over Royston II in 4NW (S).
They took the lead through Zara Mann’s deflected effort and doubled their advantage as skipper Rhiannon Davies finished from the top of the D.
A powerful shot by Green made it 3-0 and they had to settle for just three, despite the work of player-of-the-match Emma Campbell on the wing.
Becky Dear was on target for City VI in a 1-0 win over Saffron Walden III in 4NW (S).