HOCKEY: Ladies claim promotion spot after winning double-header

St Neots Ladies 2nds

St Neots Ladies 2nds - Credit: Archant

St Neots Ladies 2nds claimed a hard-earned promotion with a final-day victory over St Albans at Longsands Academy.

Despite the season finishing a fortnight ago, the 2nds found themselves with two rescheduled games still to play, and two victories needed to usurp second-place side Hertford.

After easing to a 4-1 win in their first rearranged game against Royston 3rds, St Neots needed victory against St Albans 5ths to take second spot in Division 3 of the Five Counties League, and they managed it courtesy of a narrow 1-0 scoreline.

The team will ply their trade in Division 2 next season.

It has been a great season for St Neots with three of the four sides earning promotion. The first team won their league - a very competitive East 2NW - and gained promotion to Division 1 North for the first time.

Saints 4ths, led by Fiona Humphrey, won 19 of their 22 league games to win Five Counties Division 5 in their first season.

The club runs Sunday morning hockey fun fitness sessions for ladies wanting to try out the game or looking to return to playing.

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The sessions run from 10-11.15am at Longsands Academy. The next set will run from April 30 until 4 June.

For more information on the club, contact club captain Fiona Humphrey (07970 903564) or Ladies 1st XI coach Duncan Talbot (07906 802557).