Saffron Walden ladies win nine-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 11:57 16 November 2010

Georgie Coote scored twice

Georgie Coote scored twice

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WALDEN survived a late fight back to make sure they came away from Lincoln with three points, thanks largely to two goals each from Georgie Coote and Claire Wyatt.

Women’s Hockey

Saffron Walden 5 Lincoln 4

WALDEN survived a late fight back to make sure they came away from Lincoln with three points, thanks largely to two goals each from Georgie Coote and Claire Wyatt.

After two minutes of Saturday’s East Women’s League Division One clash it was Walden that burst out of the blocks first.

Sam Pluck’s stick skills helped her elude a marker and she was able to fire in a cross that won Walden a short corner which Coote duly converted.

Lincoln held a high line, committing players forward but Walden’s defence were untroubled and looked to hit the ball to their forwards on the counter attack.

This tactic paid off with two goals in two minutes. Coote collected the ball on the left wing, dribbled into the D before smashing the ball past the keeper.

Centre forward Wyatt then turned her marker and rounded the keeper with ease for a cool finish. She then produced an identical strike for her second and Walden’s forth.

An excellent half of fluid hockey was only marred by conceding a goal just before the break, but Walden made amends by scoring early in the second half. Wyatt fed Julia Westnedge who hit the post but made no mistake with the rebound.

At 5-1 Walden let Lincoln press and were punished when they converted after a succession of short corners.

Errors crept into Walden’s game and Lincoln, playing with more belief, scored two in five minutes to set up a tense finish.

Walden had the ball in the goal twice more, but neither were given. But it didn’t matter as they held on for the remaining ten minutes for a deserved victory.

Next: After being promoted three times in successive seasons, Walden are doing a superb job of securing their status in the league after such a meteoric rise.

They sit comfortably in seventh and have a home fixture against forth-placed Harleston Magpies this Saturday with three points dividing the teams. Noon start.

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