Rhiannon Davies at the double as Cambridge South III make it perfect 10 unbeaten in East Women's League
Rhiannon Davies produced a player-of-the-match display as Cambridge South II beat Long Sutton 3-1 in Mr Cricket Hockey East Women’s League, Division 2NW.
The hosts took the lead as South started in hectic fashion, but they turned the game around with two goals in five minutes from Davies.
After the break, South got a two-goal cushion through top scorer Jess Foord, who tucked away a rebound after her initial shot hit the post.
Davies shared the top player plaudits with winger Katie Gibson as South made it nine wins out of an unbeaten 10 games.
Cambridge City IV secured a 3-1 win over Pelicans in 2NW.
Captain Xanthe Stebbing got the ball rolling with a sharp turn of speed to escape a marker to score.
Ella Chen made it 2-0 by deflecting in a penalty corner and Eva Stones completed the win.
Becca Granger and Fran Ralston-Bowen bagged braces for City II as they won 4-0 against Upminster in the Premier Division.
Emma Owens was the provider for the opening two goals. She broke down the wing and crossed from the baseline for Granger to get the first after eight minutes, and Ralston-Bowen netted the second a minute later.
They completed their scoring late in the game, with Ralston-Bowen getting her second after Siofra Mulkerkin’s good work and then Granger scored from a penalty corner.
Katie Newhouse notched a double as City V won 4-1 against City of Peterborough IV in 3NW.
Viv Ronco and Hollie Bloomfield were also on target.
South III maintained an unbeaten start to 2022 with a 4-2 win over Bourne Deeping II in 3NW.
Maddy Twyning made it two goals in two games to give South the lead, and they were helped by the work rate of midfield pairing of Emma Julian and Tabatha Broome. They were turning over possession to help South build pressure, and Steph Kyprou-Westwood made it 2-0. Bourne reduced the arrears before half time.
Goalkeeper Lydia Neil made some key saves and Ginny Ashcroft produced a goal-line clearance from a shot heading for the top corner in an end-to-end half.
Tess Skyrme scored a rebound from her initial shot to make it 3-1, only for Bourne to respond swiftly.
Louisa Warburton was a calming presence at sweeper for South, who completed their scoring late on through Emily Bird.
South VI came up just short against promotion-chasers St Neots in a 3-2 defeat to 5NW.
They had the better of territory and possession only to trail 1-0 at half time through a goal on the counter-attack.
Harriet Stanley and Nicky Simler struck in quick succession to turn the score on its head straight after the restart.
After Lizzie Bourn hit the post, St Neots’ well-worked penalty corner routines paid off to give them a 3-2 win.
Bourn shared the player-of-the-match accolade with Eleanor Moffitt, in her first match for the club.
Cambridge South V beat Bishop’s Stortford Curates 7-3 in a friendly.
Esme Barnett produced a player-of-the-match debut with four goals, and Kath Atkin, skipper Nicole Mills and Charlotte Moyns, with her 14th of the season, were also on target.