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Meg Crowson rocket earns Cambridge City draw with Slough in Investec Women's Hockey League, Division One South

Meg Crowson in action for Cambridge City. Picture: Simon Webb
Meg Crowson in action for Cambridge City. Picture: Simon Webb

Meg Crowson smashed Cambridge City to a 2-2 draw at Slough in the Investec Women’s Hockey League, Division One South.

City came out of the blocks firing, with Crowson denied by the Slough keeper after seizing on an interception.

Under the guidance of the likes of Melissa Bell, Slough started to launch some decisive counter-attacks and took the lead through a questionable rising shot that deflected off the City defence.

It spurred on the visitors, and Miriam Marti-Palet equalised from the second phase of a short corner, sweeping in a reverse-stick shot.

As Slough generated some good attacking opportunities, a penalty stroke was awarded after a stick-slide tackle from City player-of-the-match, keeper Polly Oakman that took the ball then the player, and the hosts scored to take a 2-1 lead into half time.

The second half started with a bang as Crowson broke and then fired a rocket rebounding strike that sent both the ball and defender into the goal to make it 2-2.

City raised their game after the equaliser, driven on by Maddie Axford, but near misses and poorly-taken opportunities meant it finished all-square.

Georgie Coote scored for the sixth successive game as Cambridge City II fought back from a goal down to draw 1-1 against Harleston Magpies II in East Women’s League, Premier A.

Viola Beneze and Olivia Peacock were on target for City V as they won 2-0 against Bourne Deeping II in 3NW.

Goals either side of half time saw South II defeated 2-1 by promotion-chasing East London III in 3S.

Jess Woodhouse excelled in central midfield and keeper Bryony Brown was player-of-the-match, with a penalty stroke stop among her saves.

South replied to East London’s goal through Izzy MacDonald-Parry’s penalty-corner strike five minutes from time to set up a grandstand finish, but they could not get an equaliser.

Player-of-the-match Jasmine Ong had a hand in two goals as South III moved a step closer to promotion with a 3-0 win over St Ives III in
4NW (S).

Midway through the first half, winger Ong break the deadlock, and it was 2-0 at half time as Irina Burnet picked out an unmarked Erin Weatherstone to nutmeg the keeper.

Ong turned provider after half time to set up Burnet to score the third after the break, with keeper Lydia Neil making some solid saves to preserve her clean sheet.

South IV moved three points closer to being crowned champions with a 3-0 win over Newmarket IV in
5NW (S).

Having clinched promotion last week, Naomi Gibson produced a fine finish to get her 11th of the campaign to open the scoring.

After half time, Emma Julian capped a player-of-the-match display with a goal and Emily Stevenson got her 11th of the season from a short corner to complete the win.

The three-match winning run of South V was brought to an end by Newmarket III in a 2-0 defeat.

The South rearguard of goalkeeper and player-of-the-match Louise Walker and her defenders, Rosie Brown, Laura Edge, Sarah Hockey, Rebecca Jarvis and Annabel Wilson kept the hosts at bay for the entire first half. But two second-half goals secured Newmarket victory

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