The influential number one made her first appearance of the club's debut Eastern Region Premier Division season after recovering from a ruptured Achilles. But there was no fairytale return in the fight against relegation as Darren Marjoram's side who were pipped 1-0 at Colney Heath. Markwell was beaten just after the half-hour mark as the in-form hosts found the net with the first noteworthy attempt of the game. Katie Stancombe was close to a leveller before the break when firing over after fine hold-up play from Ella Burnley. Colney Heath saw a strong penalty appeal ignored early in the second period before Markwell produced a fine save to prevent Saints' deficit from doubling. And that was the cue for Marjoram's side to go on the attack in search of a leveller. Stancombe was denied by a smothering save before Tierney Coulson missed the target with a header after being picked out by an Abbi Griffin free-kick. And Griffin was also the provider for Saints' two best chances which both fell to Georgia Stancombe - the first of which was steered just over the bar an the second fired wide. It meant Saints left empty-handed but with plenty of encouragement for the remainder of their survival battle. They are third-bottom in a section where the bottom two teams will be relegated. St Ives have a four-point cushion on the sides below them and have played fewer games. They face a tough task this Sunday when hosting unbeaten table-toppers Harlow Town Ladies at Westwood Road, 2pm.