PICTURE GALLERY: Ladies hockey: Walden stay top of the table after hitting six past Lowestoft
PUBLISHED: 07:51 27 November 2013
Walden moved two points clear at the top of the table as their impressive scoring form continued in a 6-1 over Lowestoft.
From push back Walden made a statement of attacking intent as Katherine Langridge won a short with just a minute on the clock. The original shot was saved but Millie Bushnall smashed a rising shot in from the top of the D for the perfect start for the home side.
Against the run of play, Lowestoft equalised from a corner before Claire Harrington restored the advantage, bundling the ball over from close range.
Walden had opportunities to extend the lead but saw a shot stopped on the line and the Lowestoft keeper made a save after Walden were awarded a fortunate penalty stroke.
As Lowestoft tired in the second half Walden were able to exert their authority. Tash Cox shifted the ball across the back line with pace and precision as Walden were patient in working opportunities to attack.
Julia Westnedge exploited space on the left, running the wing and then into the D, scoring at the second attempt to make it 3-1.
Harrington and Westnedge then combined twice in quick succession to add two further goals. First Harrington, picked up a pass back from Westnedge, and lifted the ball with too much pace for the keeper as it went in off her hand guard. Then the two forwards swapped roles, Harrington’s shot deflected past the keeper by Westnedge.
By now Walden were rampant and could have added to their tally had they converted their corners and Langridge’s shot had crept under the cross bar. Kate Robinson completed the rout shortly before full time, charging in on a rebound and lifting the ball in, for a deserved three points.