Emma Owens smashes hat-trick as Cambridge City II beat Ipswich & ES
Emma Owens hit a hat-trick for Cambridge City II in a 6-0 victory over Ipswich & East Suffolk in Mr Cricket Hockey East Women’s League, Premier Division.
Owens burst free of a marker after just two minutes to break down the wing and cut inside to push a shot in at the near post.
Ella Houghton slapped in a shot from an angle to make it 2-0, and then Owens ran in from the opposite angle to deflect in a third.
Disciplined pressing by Olivia Shears, Iona Tripp and Rosie Chen was resulting in City winning the ball back quickly.
Just after half time, Owens completed her hat-trick following another solo run, beating three players and spinning the keeper to finish.
Jessica White scored two drag-flicks, and Becca Granger set up Chanre Bond inside the circle to complete the scoring.
City III secured second place in 1N after a 1-1 draw with Wisbech Town.
Milly Ely hit the target for City, who could still get promoted as the best-ranked second placed team across 1N and 1S.
Lou Tonkin celebrated her 400th appearance for Cambridge South in a 0-0 draw with St Neots in 1N.
It was not a case of the teams cancelling each other out, as both sides had chances to break the deadlock.
South enjoyed the greater share of territory and possession, but St Neots carried a threat on the counter-attack but neither could capitalise on their opportunities.
It meant that Tonkin was able to add another clean sheet to her vast collection as South finished the season in third, the highest position in club history that a South ladies’ side has finished.
Abbey Cotton bagged a brace for City IV in a 5-0 win over St Ives II in 2NW.
Xanthe Stebbing, Anna Call and Eva Stones were also on target.
Liv Howard scored the only goal of the game as City V won 1-0 against Wisbech Town II in 3NW.
Minnie Eve was player of the match for the work in breaking down opposition attacks and using her speed and skill to set up chances for City, who finished in fourth place.
South III’s nine-match winning run was brought to an end with a 1-1 draw at Ely City.
They were already assured of promotion as runners-up, so the focus was on whether they could gain revenge over Ely, who were one of only two sides to beat South this season, 1-0 before Christmas.
South found Ely to be frustratingly physical opponents with skipper Lucy Bedford in particular sent spinning to the ground on three occasions, which led to an early substitution and Ely took advantage of the sweeper’s absence to take the lead.
But South responded as player-of-the-match Maddy Twyning fired home from a penalty corner inside the last five minutes.