Emma Owens grabs only goal for Cambridge City II in victory over Old Loughtonians
Emma Owens got the only goal of the game as Cambridge City II won 1-0 at Old Loughtonians in the Mr Cricket Hockey East Women’s League, Premier Division.
It only took a minute for them to unlock the door, with Kate Beytell winning the ball on the edge of the circle and playing it to Abi Jewkes, who in turn found Owens.
She showed composure to get the ball clear of the defender with her first touch, before spinning and shooting past the keeper.
A disciplined performance for the next 69 minutes meant City took all three points, as Olivia Shears impressed on her return from a long injury lay-off.
City III kept alive their promotion hopes in 1N with a 6-1 victory over relegated St Ives.
In the 20th minute, a stick tackle on Alice Whitmore resulted in a penalty stroke which Grace Evans tucked past former City keeper Ness Pearson, who was in top form all game to keep the score down.
Megan Higgs made it 2-0 before half time, putting home a rebound after a penalty corner had been saved.
After the break, Anita Nichols beat three defenders and then hit a reverse-stick strike to make it 3-0.
Three minutes later, Evans’ shot on the turn was saved, but Kelly Mackenzie put away the loose ball.
Mackenzie doubled her tally in the 56th minute, dribbling clear from the edge of the 25 before sliding a reverse-stick push past the keeper into the far corner.
Evans teed up Xenia Marshall to jab home a cross to complete the scoring, with St Ives getting a late consolation.
Cambridge South secured the highest finish in the history of the ladies’ side of the club by taking third spot after a 5-0 win at the University of East Anglia.
City IV became the first team to take points off Spalding in 2NW by holding them to a 1-1 draw.
Injuries and illnesses across the club meant they only had 12 players for the trip to the champions, so it was an impressive result.
Xanthe Stebbing grabbed City’s goal, taking the ball with her back to goal and hitting a shot on the spin.
South II will have to wait and see if they have done enough to take second in 2NW after a 5-0 win over St Neots II.
Keeper Cassie Woodfin and a rock solid defence gave South the licence to attack, and player-of-the-match Jess Foord struck twice to take her tally for the season to 32.
Katie Gibson, Rebecca Frith and Rhiannon Davies were also on target in South’s final game of the campaign to leave them second by two points, however promotion-rivals Kettering still have two games to play.
Injuries and illness took their toll on Cambridge City first team as they were defeated 2-0 by Isca & Exeter University in the Vitality Women’s League, Division One South.
Head coach Helen Richardson-Walsh returned to the pitch to alleviate the pressure on the numbers, but Isca made the breakthrough after 10 minutes.
The visitors picked up a few green cards but City were unable to capitalise on the advantage.
Amy Edwards suffered an injury which hindered City’s hopes and Isca completed their scoring in the 58th minute.