Borgeson’s hat-trick helps as Saffron Walden women hit sad Harpenden rivals for six

PUBLISHED: 16:00 31 January 2018

Saffron Walden players celebrate a goal (pic Jamie Pluck)

Saffron Walden players celebrate a goal (pic Jamie Pluck)

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Saffron Walden’s women went goal crazy in their latest East and Five Counties League outings at the weekend.

The first team took on Division Two South West rivals Harpenden and were 2-0 up inside 10 minutes.

Georgia Bozianu combined with Suzanne Holmes to set up Georgina Turtle at the left post for the opener, with Evie Borgeson finishing off a good team move for the second.

Walden had to be patient in their build-up play from the back as Harpenden’s defence dug in, but Stef Hollidge beat her marker and found Turtle on the left and her cross into the D was met by Borgeson, who pushed the ball into the corner of the net.

Walden made it 4-0 before half time with a well-worked short corner routine as the ball was slipped to Nia Evans on the right and her pass was left by Liz Egan for Borgeson to sweep home.

The second period was not as convincing, but Walden were gifted a fifth thanks to an own goal and sealed a 6-0 win when Egan fired home a rebound after a corner strike was saved.

The sixth team ran riot in their Division Five meeting with Broxbourne fifths, romping to a 10-0 victory.

Chris Price and Eve Elilio scored twice each, with Catherine Patten and Jade Mannix helping themselves to hat-tricks.

Daisy Collett took the player of the match award for a relentless performance in midfield.

The men’s fifth team defeated Chelmsford 2-1 in Division Seven, while the sevenths beat Maldon Academy by the same scoreline in Division Eight.

But the news was not so good for the first team, as they suffered back-to-back losses in their weekend double-header in East Premier A.

They made visitors Bedford work hard for a 4-2 win on Saturday, with Matt Wells and Morgan Thomas on target.

Matt Abraham and Ben Bradnam made their debuts on Sunday as Walden took the lead against leaders St Albans, with a Ben Taplin goal.

But tired legs eventually took their toll and a young Walden side committed some individual errors on their way to a 5-1 defeat.

The under-14 boys went down 8-1 against Braintree in their Mercian League meeting.

Understrength Walden fell behind early on and top scorer Wilkinson’s reply was little consolation ahead of their last-16 trip to Oxford Hawks.

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