Hockey: Saffron Walden girls on top

PUBLISHED: 17:02 29 March 2018

A Saffron Walden player hits out (pic Jamie Pluck)

A Saffron Walden player hits out (pic Jamie Pluck)

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Saffron Walden’s under-12 girls finished top of the Essex League standings after their final tournament of the season at Old Loughtonians at the weekend.

Their 40-point haul was more than enough to see them take first place in the six-team group ahead of three other clubs who were all level on 30 points.

A club spokesperson said: “There was outstanding effort and commitment from all girls involved, displaying quality hockey performances throughout the season.

“Good luck at East regionals next month!”

Meanwhile, Walden’s women produced a season-best performance in East Two South West to inflict a 4-0 defeat on champions-elect Sudbury.

The first 35 minutes were fairly even, with both teams showing lots of attacking intent.

Alex Pargeter made a fine double save and Grace Mitchell produced a goalline clearance to prevent Sudbury taking the lead.

Player of the match Maddie Howlett then opened the scoring with her first touch at the far post and she was involved again as the hosts doubled their advantage in the second half.

Receiving a pass from Stef Hollidge, she drew the Sudbury keeper before unselfishly passing to Liv Banks to finish the move.

Sudbury won a short corner, but Pargeter’s diving save denied them a reply.

And Walden went 3-0 up when Lily Anderson tapped in a loose ball after Nicky Bareham’s shot had been blocked.

The fourth goal was a fine team effort as Hollidge, Suzanne Holmes and Mitchell combined well around the D, before Nia Evans slotted home.

The thirds continued their fine form with a 5-1 win over Rickmansworth, as Lucy Robinson netted a hat-trick, and player of the match Emma Roberson bagged a brace in only her second senior match as the sixth team edged past Stevenage 2-1.

Eve Turnbull received the team’s player of the season award for her determination in defence and for fine teamwork.

The fifths earned a point from a battling 2-2 draw, after coming from behind, but the fourths lost.

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