Saffron Walden ladies get their season up and running with rout of Pelicans

PUBLISHED: 09:58 21 October 2010

Nia Evans

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Saffron Walden 6 Pelicans 1

WALDEN ladies recorded their first win of the season in emphatic style as they brushed aside Pelicans in the NE14 East Women's League Division One fixture.

The hosts started brightly and took an early lead when, having run to the post after injecting a short corner, Sam Pluck slotted in from a tight angle.

The advantage did not last long; Walden lost possession cheaply and some quick passes from Pelicans and a clinical, reverse stick finish made it all square.

Not deterred, Walden attacked effectively down the flanks and the pace and stick skills of Claire Wyatt and Georgie Coote kept Pelicans on the back foot. And both players were rewarded for their efforts, each converting from short corners with a right post deflection and a powerful strike, respectively.

Before half time Nia Evans’s persistence in the D extended Walden’s lead to make it 4-1 going into the break.

Pelicans began the second period with renewed vigour but some excellent marking and defending kept their flair players at bay and they were unable to dictate play.

Julia Westnedge scored a breakaway goal after receiving an accurate pass into the D from Pluck before Evans got her second and put paid to any Pelican hopes of a comeback.

• Saffron Walden ladies second team put in a well-worked performance in a 7-0 rout of Stevenage.

Claire Williams and Annie Withington both grabbed a brace, while Becky Westerhuis banged in a second half hat trick.

• Laura Millichap scored the only goal of the game as Walden ladies fourth team held out for a 1-0 victory at home to Blueharts 3rd.

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