HOCKEY: St Neots’ leading ladies continue winning streak but it’s a tough weekend for St Ives
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St Neots Ladies 1sts continued their East Women’s League winning streak last Saturday.
They recorded a third consecutive victory to ease their relegation fears by beating Ipswich-East Suffolk 1sts 3-2.
Eleanor Pybus and Kirsty McKenzie both struck following short corners to put Saints in command before the third-placed visitors pulled a goal back ahead of half-time.
Fine work from Emma Cody led to a third Saints goal for Caz Osborne before the away side clawed another goal back.
But a series of fine saves from goalkeeper Mel Harding in a resolute defensive effort ensured Saints emerged in possession of the three points.
There was a hat-trick of successes for the club's female ranks last Saturday with the 3rds and 4ths also victorious.
Sarah Hill hit the only as the 3rds pipped Cambridge City 6ths 1-0 in Division Four North-West (South) while the 4ths triumphed 2-1 at Wisbech 3rds in Division Five North-West (South).
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St Neots 1sts have gone from one extreme to the other in the East Men's League.
A week after allowing a two-goal lead to slip and having to settle for a 2-2 draw with Leadenham 1sts in Division Three North-West, the local side recovered from a two-goal deficit to earn a pleasing point from the same outcome against Cambridge South 2nds.
The Saints side conceded twice early on before Owen Edwards launched the fightback moments after seeing another effort disallowed.
And, after another Edwards shot was saved, Sam Evans pounce to grab the leveller.
Danny Stevenson did the majority of the damage as St Neots 2nds roared to victory in Lincolnshire.
Stevenson hit four goals with Paul Ray also on target in their 5-0 success at Louth 2nds in Division Five North-West.
A Kev Sequenza hat-trick helped the 3rds a 5-2 home success against Kettering 5ths in Division Six North-West (South) but the 4ths remain bottom of that level after a 4-0 loss to Cambridge South 5ths
St Ives 4ths provided their club's sole success on a Saturday to forget.
They collected a 3-1 win at Wisbech 4ths in Division Six North-West (South) of the East Men's League.
Greg Say's opener was cancelled out, but Richard Corbett eased the St Ives side back ahead before Josh Bigwood struck to clinch victory.
That was the only triumph managed by the club's nine teams (five male, four female) in action.
Alex Thompson hit a consolation as the 5ths were thumped 8-1 by City of Peterborough 7ths at the same level while the struggling 3rds crashed to a 5-2 loss at the hands of City of Peterborough 5ths in Division Four North-West.
St Ives 2nds went down 2-0 to a depleted Ely City 1sts in Division Three North-West and the 1sts' slump continued in Division Two North as they lost 5-3 at Norwich Dragons.
Two goals from Ben Hildrey and a Mike Jenner effort weren't enough to prevent fifth loss in their last six matches.
St Ives Ladies 1sts were also beaten by Norwich Dragons opposition in Division One North of the East Women's League. Vicky Leighton hit their go in a 3-1 reverse.
The rock-bottom 2nds lost 5-0 to Cambridge City 4ths in Division Two North-West while the 3rds and 4ths were both beaten in Division Four North-West (South).
The 3rds went down 2-0 against Shefford & Sandy 2nds and the 4ths were beaten 2-1 by Royston 2nds despite a Lucy Harris goal.