Saffron Walden women net three on the spin

PUBLISHED: 11:15 24 November 2010

Saffron Walden Ladies Hockey Club Vs Harlston.

Newport.

Novmeber 20, 2010.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the first half of the match.

Saffron Walden Ladies Hockey Club Vs Harlston. Newport. Novmeber 20, 2010. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Action from the first half of the match.

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WALDEN were involved in a nine-goal thriller for the second Saturday running as they defeated mid-table rivals Harleston Magpies 5-4 in the East Women's League Division one.

Saffron Walden 5 Harleston Magpies 4

WALDEN were involved in a nine-goal thriller for the second Saturday running as they defeated mid-table rivals Harleston Magpies 5-4 in the East Women’s League Division one.

The hosts got off to a bright start, Karen Furze running from deep and producing a dangerous cross that Magpies were unable to clear. Georgie Coote picked up the loose ball and her slapped shot was deflected in by a defender to give her side an early lead.

This was immediately cancelled out by a well executed Magpies corner routine.

But, undeterred, Walden raised their game, defenders confidently passing the ball round the back to spread play giving midfielders plenty of space to collect and run at the opposition.

They restored their lead when Emma Deary ran from midfield to connect with Julia Westnedge’s cross.

The home side went 3-1 up shortly after, Tash Cox fired into the D and Westnedge deflected the ball into Sam Pluck who was in an excellent position to slot home.

Walden were unfortunate not to extend their lead before half time, a mazy run and shot from Wyatt went narrowly wide and Claire Harrington saw her shot saved on the line.

Magpies continued with their ploy of bashing the ball into the D and looked more threatening from the off in the second half.

They scored again before Westnedge pushed in from close range after good work on the right by Stef Mayle to restore the two goal advantage.

Walden then further increased their lead with a well worked team goal that resulted in a tap in for Harrington.

The home side did conceded twice late one but it was too little to late for Magpies as they weren’t to deny the home side their third victory in succession.

Next: This Saturday Walden travel to Ipswich-East Suffolk for an 11.30am push back.

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