Saffron ladies hockey: League opener ends in defeat

PUBLISHED: 18:58 21 September 2010

Saffron Walden Ladies HC vs Wisbech.

Newport Free Grammar School.

September 18, 2010.

Photograph by MIchael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the first half.

Saffron Walden Ladies HC vs Wisbech. Newport Free Grammar School. September 18, 2010. Photograph by MIchael Boyton. Pic shows: Action from the first half.

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WALDEN opened their East Women’s League Division One campaign with a narrow defeat at home to Wisbech Town.

Saffron Walden Ladies HC vs Wisbech.

Newport Free Grammar School.

September 18, 2010.

Photograph by MIchael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the first half.

Using high-energy pressing tactics the visitors kept the home defence under pressure and opened the scoring early with a close-range effort.

However, the tiring tactic left lots of open space for the Walden forwards to run into.

Julia Westnedge should have levelled when Nia Evans split the defence with an accurate through ball but could only win a short corner that Walden were unable to convert.

Fortunately, another corner followed within minutes and the home side levelled when Claire Harrington used her reverse stick to finish smartly.

Wisbech pushed hard at the start of the second period and were the better team for lengthy parts of the match.

They were sharper to the ball than Walden and kept possession well and were rewarded with two goals in quick succession as Walden’s defence started to loose shape.

To their credit the home side continued to battle and search for a way back into the game.

Natalie Chandler came close after a strong run from the halfway line before Charlotte Wahlich converted a short corner after the ball hit a Wisbech foot in the D.

A few minutes before the final whistle, Evans had an opportunity to salvage a draw but her powerful shot went narrowly wide meaning Walden will have to wait for their first points.


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