Saffron Walden women bank points on busy weekend

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 January 2018

Hockey balls lie on the pitch before play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Hockey balls lie on the pitch before play (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Saffron Walden’s women took four points from a possible six in an East League Two South West double-header at the weekend.

Saturday’s clash with Shefford & Sandy turned into a scrappy contest, but Georgia Bozianu and Liz Egan converting first-half short corners to put Walden on top.

Sandy successfully broke up play in the second half and took advantage of some errors to level things up, with Walden seeing a last-minute short corner kept out by the visiting keeper and defence.

Walden travelled to West Herts the following day and, despite some heavy legs, produced an improved performance to claim a 2-1 victory.

Olivia Banks, Suzanne Holmes and Evie Borgeson were all denied by the home keeper, as Nicky Bareham posed a constant threat.

And West Herts opened the scoring from their first attack as Alex Pargeter was left exposed.

Walden rallied and got themselves back on level temrs when Holmes lifted a loose ball over the home keeper and Banks tapped it over the line.

And the second period was a similar story, with Walden being frustrated by the herts keeper until Georgina Turtle teed up Bareham, whose drag flick went just under the crossbar.

The sixth team fought hard in their Five Counties Division Five match at Shefford & Sandy and a 5-1 scoreline did not truly reflect their efforts.

Great play between Daisy Collett and Kate Page resulted in Jessica Barker slotting home a fine team goal as some consolation for Walden.

The men’s thirds travelled to the Olympic Park to take on Wapping fifths and the two sides combined to produce a 10-goal thriller.

Wapping made the early running and soon established a four-goal lead, before Walden managed to hit back through Hayden Watts.

The home side restored their four-goal cushion before half time, but Walden refused to throw in the towel and Hugo Colclough converted a pair of short corners to make it 5-3.

Gary Foster then cut the gap to one from the penalty spot and Watts earned his side a share of the spoils in the final minute after being set up by Ollie Plumbridge.

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