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Vicki Franks penalty stroke secures City win over Sevenoaks



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A 3-2 win over Sevenoaks saw Cambridge City end a run of disappointing results and leapfrog Harleston Magpies to climb out of the relegation spots in the Vitality Women’s League, Division One South.

Vicki Franks scored the decisive goal in Cambridge City’s 3-2 win over Sevenoaks Picture: Kim Butler
Vicki Franks scored the decisive goal in Cambridge City’s 3-2 win over Sevenoaks Picture: Kim Butler

Alex Pitchford opened the scoring with a deflection on a penalty corner for City. In the second half Ellie Harrison dribbled round a flurry of defenders before finishing on the far post with a push past the outstretched leg of the keeper.

With the score at 2-2, captain Vicki Franks stepped up to put away a penalty stroke and secure the vital win.

May Busher in action for Cambridge City. Picture: Stuart Rye (55492085)
May Busher in action for Cambridge City. Picture: Stuart Rye (55492085)

The game started disastrously for City II when they were 2-0 down in a matter of minutes to City of Peterborough in the Mr Cricket Hockey East Women’s League, Premier Division.

But City fought back to dramatically win the game. Georgie Coote put away a stroke to halve the deficit and Emma Owens crossed to Chanre Bond for a diving deflection. Kara Kilbourn was then picked out by Becca Granger for a deflection to take the lead. Peterborough pulled it back to 3-3 but Granger jinked round two defenders on a penalty corner to blast the ball home and secure the win.

After a contentious first clash earlier in the season, the trip to St Neots was always going to be a tough game for City III. The hosts’ 4-1 win may derail the promotion charge by City in Division 1N with two games to go. City’s goal came from Amelia Sangster.

City IV won 3-1 over Long Sutton. Anna Hall, Eva Stones and Emma Clarke all netted to keep the race for third place in Division 2NW alive.

Jemima Wrigley scored a goal with 10 minutes to go but it was not enough as City V lost 2-1 to Shefford & Sandy II in Division 3NW.



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