Five wins out of five makes it a memorable day for Cambridge South
It was an impressive Saturday for Cambridge South as all five of their sides in the East Region Women’s Hockey League earned victories.
Leading the way were the firsts in 2NW, who put the blip of their first dropped points of the season last week – a 0-0 draw – behind them to beat Bury St Edmunds II 2-1 in a top-of-the-table clash.
Bury had only lost one game this season – to South – but found themselves behind when Laura Ludlow was quickest to react to volley home after Alice Wright’s effort had been saved.
The visitors seized on a momentary lapse in concentration to score only the fifth goal against South all season.
But Ludlow pounced for a second to put South back in front, and their defensive line stood strong, led by player-of-the-match Amalia Thomas, to secure victory.
Also in 2NW, Cambridge Nomads produced a strong team performance to battle back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Saffron Walden.
Despite going 1-0 behind in the first half and conceding a second just after the break, they continued to pile on the pressure.
Nomads reduced the arrears on a counter attack, with Kirsty Penfold scoring.
It gave them determination to seek an equaliser which arrived through Ellie Martin as Nomads secured a well-deserved and confidence-boosting point.
Izzy MacDonald-Parry scored her 100th goal for South as the seconds won 2-1 at 3S leaders Hertford.
The Stags had seven wins out of seven at home, and went ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, with South digging in to reach half time only one goal adrift.
They took the game to Hertford after the break, with Kendra Seed pulling back a pass for player-of-the-match MacDonald-Parry to draw up her century in equalising.
With seven minutes remaining, MacDonald-Parry’s long pass set Jess Foord clear and she rounded the keeper to score South’s second. Keeper Bryony Brown then made a number of saves to seal the win.
South III consolidated their top-two spot in 4NW (S) with a 9-0 win over Ely City II.
The most goals Ely had conceded in any previous game was three, but that was usurped by South by half time as Zara Mann got two, Annabel Withington deflected in a penalty corner and turned in after Kat Gibson’s run and pass for her second, and Lucy Davidson got in on the act with a double.
After half time, Lucy Vries nutmegged the keeper and player-of-the-match Davidson and Withington completed their hat-tricks. The win and results elsewhere means South have an 11-point cushion on those outside the promotion places.
Becky Dear scored twice and Kate Winn got a goal on her debut as Cambridge City VI won 3-1 against Haverhill Ladies II in 4NW (S).
South IV moved to within one win of sealing promotion from 5NW (S) after a 2-0 victory over St Neots IV.
A good start was rewarded as Emily Stevenson got the opening goal after five minutes.
They doubled their advantage with a length-of-the-field passing move that was finished off by Katy Leonard.
St Neots got more into the game after the break, but their attempts to get on the score sheet were thwarted by the defending of South player-of-the-match Emma Julian and the assured goalkeeping of Lou Tonkin.
With two teams going up from 5NW (S), South need one win to secure their place.
An early goal spurred South V into action as they defeated Huntingdon II in 5NW (S).
Huntingdon took the lead inside the opening two minutes, which fired up South as they took the lead through a first goal for the club from Sophie Hodgkinson and one from Anna Crucefix.
Player-of-the-match Crucefix got her second with an individual effort, beating a couple of defenders to score, and she created the fourth, with Bex Jackson scoring at the far post. Huntingdon got a consolation second after the break.
Georgie Coote’s brilliant run of form continued in City II’s 5-4 win over Bedford II in Premier A.
Having earned a place in the England Hockey team of the week for two consecutive hat-tricks last week, Coote made it three in a row with another treble. Meg Beard also scored twice for City.
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