Katie Mulholland at the double for Cambridge South in victory over Wisbech Town
Katie Mulholland struck twice for Cambridge South as they beat Wisbech Town 3-2 in Mr Cricket Hockey East Women’s League, Division 1N.
Wisbech settled quicker to go 1-0 up early on.
Sharp thinking to take a quick free hit allowed player-of-the-match Mulholland to advance unopposed to the Wisbech circle to fire home the equaliser.
Wisbech regained their lead, but South were back on level terms again through Mulholland’s powerful strike from a penalty corner.
South took the lead when Lucia Cately rounded the keeper but saw her shot stopped on the line, only for Sarah Haddow to react quickest to tap home the loose ball.
In the second half, South lost three players to the sin-bin for two minutes apiece but, despite being short numbered, they were able to hold off the hosts to clinch a victory that moves them up to third.
Maddy Twyning bagged a brace as South III earned a 6-2 win over Cambridge City V in the 3NW promotion race.
They went into the game level on points in second and third respectively, with South holding the advantage on goal difference.
Player-of-the-match Emma Julian, who worked tirelessly in midfield, opened the scoring for South. City got back to 1-1 through Jo Howland but Twyning converted a penalty corner and then South went 4-1 up, with Anna Latham and Twyning both converting crosses from Steph Kyprou-Westwood. Ella Chen reduced the arrears for City to 4-2 at half time.
South gradually took control in the second half, and Tess Skyrme and Anna Withington, with a flick into the far corner, completed their win as they opened up a three-point gap and superior goal difference on their rivals.
A last-minute goal gave South IV a 2-1 win over Cambridge Nomads II in 4NW.
Player-of-the-match Anne-Marie Bowring was a rock at the back and springboard for the attack to drive South forward, and they took a first-half lead through Kath Atkin.
Nomads got back on level terms but, in the last minute, Emily Bird deflected in Erin Weatherstone’s strike to give South victory and extend their lead at the top of the table.
In the Vitality Women’s League, Division One South, Cambridge City were held to a 0-0 draw at Harleston Magpies.
City are at home to second-placed Reading this Saturday (February 26).