The joy of six helps Cambridge South II seal crowned champions in East Women's League
Cambridge South II have been crowned East Women’s League, Division 4NW (S) champions.
Going into their match with third-placed Newmarket II, they knew a draw would secure promotion and victory would seal the title, and they earned the latter with a 6-0 triumph.
In a nervous first half, Dani Arnold’s reverse-stick effort broke the deadlock, and then keeper Ana Sear’s save to sweep the ball off the line preserved the lead.
Early in the second half, 16-year-old Jasmine Ong scored to settle the nerves and then Arnold, skipper Izzy Macdonald-Parry and Arnold increased their lead.
Arnold had the final say, completing her hat-trick to make South the first side this season to win an East Women’s League title.
South’s first team slipped to fourth in 2NW after a 2-0 defeat to Bourne Deeping.
Penalty corner conversions were telling as South scored none from three, while Bourne struck two from three to jump to third by virtue of a superior goal difference.
Amalia Thomas was named South’s player of the match.
A late goal saw South III denied victory over St Ives III in a 1-1 draw in 4NW (S).
Erin Weatherstone scored early for South, finishing off a move that also featured Rhiannon Davies and Emily Stevenson.
South keeper Lydia Neil made two good blocks to preserve the visitors’ half-time lead, and in an end-to-end second half, St Ives drew level in the closing seconds through a penalty corner.
South IV earned their third consecutive win, beating St Ives IV 1-0 in 5NW (S).
The only goal came midway through the first half, with Jess Foord and Iona Bell combining to go round the Saints keeper and Bell finished off.
South’s Louise Walker earned the player-of-the-match award for her work in defence.
Player-of-the-match Zara Bradley scored her first goal in an organised match and Bex Jackson was also on target as South V drew 2-2 with Letchworth V in a friendly.
Cambridge City promotion hopes in the Investec Women’s Hockey League, Conference East suffered a setback as they lost 4-1 at Hampstead & Westminster.
Meg Crowson was on target for City, but results saw them slip to fourth, with Hampstead & Westminster five points clear at