Ladies hockey: Walden promoted to NE14 Premier Division as champions

Julia Westnedge battles for the ball in the match at Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams.

Julia Westnedge battles for the ball in the match at Wisbech. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A 2-1 win over Wisbech on Saturday means Walden will be promoted as dDivision 1 champions regardless of the outcome of their remaining two fixtures.

Wisbech, previously unbeaten at home, proved tough opposition but Walden stuck to the task and were rewarded with two goals shortly after the break. Walden, below par in the first half, were sloppy in possession and gave too much time to their opponents on the ball.

Both goalkeepers kept their team in it as Katy Borgeson saved from several Wisbech forwards and then her opposite number prevented Julia Westnedge from getting a shot off when one on one.

Walden started the second half with renewed vigor, forwards harrying the back line and forcing Wisbech to attack down their weaker flank where their play invariably broke down.

Walden won a corner and took the lead when Tash Cox fired in, a good time to score her first of the season.


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Having intercepted a weak Wisbech pass, Westnedge doubled the advantage with a shot from the top of the D. After stubbornly defending numerous short corners Walden eventually conceded one and Wisbech were back in the game at 2-1.

Walden missed several chances to extend their lead but were not made to pay as they hung on for the win and all three points.

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