Late strike downs Pelicans

PUBLISHED: 15:50 08 February 2011 | UPDATED: 16:01 08 February 2011

Saffron Walden LHC vs Pelicans

Newport.

February 05, 2011.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the first half of the match

Saffron Walden LHC vs Pelicans Newport. February 05, 2011. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Action from the first half of the match

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WALDEN battled their way back up to third in the NE14 East Women’s Division One thanks to a late winner from Claire Wyatt.

Saffron Walden LHC vs Pelicans

Newport.

February 05, 2011.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the first half of the match

Saffron Walden 2 Pelicans 1

WALDEN battled their way back up to third in the NE14 East Women’s Division One thanks to a late winner from Claire Wyatt.

In a thrilling encounter, experience won over youth as Wyatt pounced in the D, beat her marker, and fired home with the score one-all and only minutes left in the clock.

Earlier Emma Deary had given the hosts the lead, only for them to be pegged back just before half time by a Pelican side that seemed intent on showboating rather getting down to business.

Forward Julia Westnedge said: “The opposition had several young players of a very high standard but they could not out perform a solid team effort.

“The game was a good advert for hockey with end to end action and chances for both teams. They should have taken the lead but squandered chances.

“They wanted too many touches allowing our defenders time to put in a strong tackle or they were too flashy with reverse stick shots that amounted to nothing.”

The home side took the lead when Westnedge received a side line pass from the left and fed Wyatt who had made a run to the top of the D.

Wyatt turned her player and fired off a shot only to be denied by the keeper. Deary pounced on the loose ball and slap hit the ball accurately into the corner.

Deary thought she had doubled the advantage shortly after but her shot was judged to have been too high, and soon after Pelicans equalised.

After the restart the game continued in much the same vein, Becky Westerhuis marshalled the defence well and her fitness counted as she was called on to sprint out in defending many short corners.

As the game headed for a draw, Wyatt whose speed and skills had the Pelicans’ sweeper running in circles struck her unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.

In the last five minutes Pelicans searched for an equaliser but to no avail, Karen Furze coming to the rescue stopping the ball just a yard from the goal line to ensure Walden claimed all three points.

Next: Walden travel to St Ives this Saturday for a 12.30pm push back.


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