HOCKEY: St Neots women wrap up title but St Ives men face an anxious wait
PUBLISHED: 11:59 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:59 31 March 2017
St Neots Ladies 1sts have become the club’s latest set of champions.
A 1-1 draw against Royston 1sts in their final fixture of the East Women’s League season secured the Division Two North-West crown for a team coached by Duncan Talbot and skippered by Alice Wright.
Both goals arrived in the closing stages as Georgia Grant forced St Neots ahead from a penalty corner only for Royston to level courtesy of a penalty stroke.
That effort denied goalkeeper Laura Tonkin a clean sheet in what is likely to be her final appearance for the club before taking up a scholarship in the USA.
St Neots 4ths completed their title-winning Five Counties Women’s League season in style.
Millie Payne hit half of the goals in an 8-0 triumph at Berkhamstead Hemel 4ths. She was joined on the scoresheet by Eleanor Pybus (2), Hannah Sutton and Fiona Humphrey.
St Ives 2nds could still clinch promotion despite being held to a draw in their penultimate fixture.
Julie Drummond hit their equaliser in a 1-1 stalemate against Cambridge City 4ths.
It means the local ladies now need to win their final match at Spalding 2nds this Saturday by three clear goals.
The 3rds ended their Division Four North-West (South) campaign with a 3-2 win against Ely City 2nds, but the 1sts went down 4-0 to Harleston Magpies 2nds as their Division One North season finished on a low note.
Huntingdon 1sts reeled off a fourth successive win in Division Three North-West. Sarah Chadband and Natalie Dodson were on target in a 3-0 success at Ely City 1sts.
St Ives 1sts face an anxious wait to see if they have captured East Men’s League honours.
The table-toppers completed their Division Three North-West campaign with a 3-2 victory against Cambridge City Vets last Saturday.
Oliver Cooke, Pete Liddle and Dave Land hit the goals to preserve a one-point cushion at the summit, but the St Ives side will be leapfrogged by Horncastle 1sts if they beat second-bottom Long Sutton 2nds in their remaining fixture tomorrow.
Sam Helme hit a hat-trick as St Ives 2nds completed their Division Four North-West campaign with a 4-3 success against Cambridge City 5ths. Oscar Bryden also found the net for a side who finish in fifth spot.
St Ives 3rds slammed rock-bottom City of Peterborough 8ths 11-0 in their closing Division Five North-West fixture, while Richard Corbett hit a consolation goal as the 5ths were beaten 6-1 by Cambridge Nomads 3rds to complete the Division Six North-West season.
St Neots 1sts finished fourth in Division Three North-West for the second successive season after beating Long Sutton 2nds 8-0 in their final fixture.
The 2nds ended up seventh as their first Division Four North-West campaign ended with a 3-2 defeat to City of Peterborough 6ths.
Kev Sequenza, Adam Horlock, Chris Slatcher and Sam Greco shared the goals as St Neots 3rds finished on a winning note in Division Five North-West.
Their efforts earned a 4-2 victory against Louth 1sts which sealed a fourth-place finish.