Mayle on target as Saffron Walden complete fightback against St Ives

PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 October 2010

Julia Westnedge

Julia Westnedge


Ladies’ Hockey

St Ives 1 Saffron Walden 2

SAFFRON Walden ladies put in a spirited fightback against St Ives to record back to back wins for the frist time this season.

Walden had the better of the first half in this NE14 East Women’s League Division One encounter, but were unable to fashion a clear cut chance.

St Ives marked tightly and snuffed out the threat of Stef Mayle and Sam Pluck by defending in numbers and committing fouls when they had to.

Julia Westnedge could only win a corner with just the keeper to beat and then Emma Deary’s strike was charged down.

St Ives were without any substitutes so Walden tried to increase the tempo in the second period to tire their opposition.

Claire Wyatt and Georgie Coote were making incisive runs from the wings but Walden were unable to force the keeper into a save.

Westnedge came closest to breaking the deadlock but saw her pushed shot rebound off the post to safety.

St Ives then took the lead with a breakaway goal against the run of play.

Walden continued to press, Deary running tirelessly in midfield, and after a strong run down the right Mayle she slipped the ball to Westnedge to equalise from close range.

Confidence high and with fresher legs Walden searched for the winner. With only five minutes remaining Stef Mayle chose an excellent time to open her account for the season with an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner to secure all three points for Walden.

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