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Ella Houghton strikes for Cambridge City III in win over University of East Anglia



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Rosie Chen in action for Cambridge City II. Picture: Alistair Small (55176347)
Rosie Chen in action for Cambridge City II. Picture: Alistair Small (55176347)

Ella Houghton got the winner for Cambridge City III in a 2-1 victory over the University of East Anglia in Mr Cricket Hockey East Women’s League, Division 1N.

The promotion chasers found UEA a tough opposition to crack, and it was the students who took the lead.

Grace Evans thought she had equalised from an early penalty stroke, but the umpires ordered a retake, and youth player Abbey Holdstock stepped up to finish coolly.

Houghton sealed City’s win by driving in from the right wing to strike into the far corner.

Cambridge South made it three wins in a row, and extended their unbeaten run to six games, with a 4-3 win over relegation-threatened Watton in 1N.

They struggled to get going and found themselves two goals adrift, but skipper Kim Pearson provided a galvanising team talk, and Robyn Rutter slammed home a penalty corner to reduce the arrears before Katie Cooil drove into the circle to equalise.

Laura Ludlow completed the turnaround with a goal from a narrow angle.

Watton were not done though, and made it 3-3.

However, Ludlow got a second to seal South’s success, with Alice Wright named player of the match.

Georgie Coote in action for Cambridge City II. Picture: Alistair Small (55176351)
Georgie Coote in action for Cambridge City II. Picture: Alistair Small (55176351)

Xenia Marshall maintained a rich vein of form for City IV in a 2-1 victory over City of Peterborough III in 2NW.

She grabbed both goals to continue her good form to take City to within one point of Peterborough in the table.

South II were the latest team to fail to end Spalding’s perfect record in 2NW as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

South made the trip in confident mood on the back of their own 10-game unbeaten run, but the hosts got two first-half goals to lead at half time.

The pace of the game did not relent after the break, but South had to wait until the last minute to score, with skipper Dani Arnold capping a player-of-the-match display with a reverse-stick effort.

South remain in second, while Spalding have been crowned champions.

Cambridge Nomads were involved in an action-packed, high-scoring game against Cambridge University III in 2NW.

They were braced for the challenge of facing their younger opponents, but the two sides were locked at 1-1 at half time.

The teams traded goals to make it 2-2, but the university then cranked up the pressure to score three goals in quick succession to make it 5-2, and got a sixth 10 minutes later.

Nomads pulled back a consolation late on.

Fran Lentini scored twice for Nomads and Jess Mitchell got one, while their player of the match was Ali Billing for great defensive cover.

South II were awarded a walkover 5-0 win in 3NW as Spalding III were unable to raise a side.

Fran Ralston-Bown in action for Cambridge City II. Picture: Alistair Small (55176349)
Fran Ralston-Bown in action for Cambridge City II. Picture: Alistair Small (55176349)

Two late goals saw City II beaten 2-1 by Norwich City in East Women’s League, Premier Division.

Birthday girl Iona Tripp tapped home Chanre Bond’s cross to give City the lead against the promotion favourites.

As the game went on, Norwich grew and scored two late goals.

In the Vitality Women’s League, Division One South, City’s first team lost 4-0 to Reading.



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