Hockey: Missed chances cost dominant Saffron Walden as they lose 4-3 at Lincoln

PUBLISHED: 08:55 28 October 2013 | UPDATED: 08:55 28 October 2013

Stef Mayle

Stef Mayle


Lincoln twice came from behind to inflict a first defeat of the season on a dominant Walden side.

Stef Mayle opened the scoring for Walden with a powerful lifted effort, reward for early pressure they had exerted on their opponent’s defence.

The team’s press was working well, forcing Lincoln to attack down their weaker left side and when Walden turned over possession, often after some excellent tackles by Karen Totty at right back, they were in a strong attacking position.

This play brought about their second goal, Millie Bushnall’s confident dribble to the half way line and perfectly weighted through ball was collected by Katherine Langridge who rounded the keeper at the top of the D and walked the ball in.

Lincoln finished the half stronger but Walden’s defence were defiant and held out until the break.

Walden played the better hockey in the second period and continued to create opportunities for themselves but were punished for four lapses in concentration.

Lincoln scored twice to draw level before Claire Harrington set up Langridge for her second, 3-2.

Walden looked likely to extend their lead but instead were undone by a quickly taken self pass by a Lincoln forward, confusion ensued and the scores were level again.

Walden pressed for a winner but were unable to convert their corners or get on the end of some promising crosses and Lincoln punished the misses by bagging their fourth in last few minutes and taking all three points.

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