Saffron Walden women see off clubmates in historic league meeting of top teams

PUBLISHED: 10:33 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 October 2017

Action from Saffron Walden thirds' clash with Stevenage (pic Jamie Pluck)

Action from Saffron Walden thirds' clash with Stevenage (pic Jamie Pluck)

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Saffron Walden’s women were in seventh heaven after beating their own second team in the first East League meeting between the two last weekend.

Action from Saffron Walden thirds' clash with Stevenage (pic Jamie Pluck)Action from Saffron Walden thirds' clash with Stevenage (pic Jamie Pluck)

Katie Peirson McGeorge put the promoted seconds in front after two minutes of the Division Two South West derby, but the relegated firsts levelled on the half hour mark.

Stef Hollidge then netted from close range to put the firsts in front at half time, with Evie Borgeson making it 3-1 after the restart.

Nicky Bareham hit back soon after, as player of the match Claire Rooney impressed.

But Georgina Turtle converted a short corner and Grace Mitchell tapped in to make it 5-2, before Peirson McGeorge got her second.

Liv Banks deflected in from two short corners to seal a 7-3 win for the firsts to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

The thirds made it two wins out of two as they beat Shefford & Sandy seconds 2-1 in Five Counties League Division One.

Walden fell behind in the first half, but Lucy Robinson levelled from a short corner and Gisella Gale netted a winner with five minutes remaining.

The fourths lost 3-0 to Berkhamsted and the fifths went down 2-0 against Broxbourne, while the sixth team drew 2-2 with Chiltern.

The men were hit for six by hosts Harleston Magpies in their East Premier A encounter.

The home side raced into a 3-0 lead, before Walden’s Matt Wells scored from close range at a short corner following good work from Josh Webb.

But a defensive mistake by punished as Harleston netted a fourth before half time.

And although Webb, Morgan Thomas and Ben Wells went close after the restart, the home side beat Tom Bonham twice more to secure a 6-1 win.

Connor Webb and James Barker impressed in new roles for Walden.

The under-18s boys beat Amersham & Chalfont 4-2 in their first Mercian League game of the season, with Haydn Watts, Barnaby Dellar on target in the first half and Freddie Colclough and Barker netting short-corner goals after the restart.

And the under-14s came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw with Blueharts, with Wilkinson firing home a shot from the edge of the D for his first goal and then scrambling home a second to claim a share of the spoils.

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