Season still alive as Saints win vital point
Cambs Hockey League Premier Division Huntingdon Ladies 1 St Ives Ladies II 1 HUNTINGDON may be higher-placed in the table, but the ladies from St Ives II acquitted themselves admirably to earn a draw. An evenly matched first half saw both sides threaten
Cambs Hockey League Premier Division
Huntingdon Ladies 1 St Ives Ladies II 1
HUNTINGDON may be higher-placed in the table, but the ladies from St Ives II acquitted themselves admirably to earn a draw.
An evenly matched first half saw both sides threaten and work the ball well but neither were able to break the deadlock.
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After the break Huntingdon the lead, captain Joan Griffiths doing superbly well to set up Sara Chadband for a tap-in. It seemed struggling St Ives might crumble but the visitors rallied and Anne Selfe claimed a vital point from a penalty corner.
With two games left to play, St Ives must win both to stay in the Premier Division while Huntingdon have title ambitions with a game in hand on leaders Bourne II.
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* St Ives' first team secured an excellent
4-0 victory against league leaders Ipswich II. Helen Clarke scored twice while Juliet Fabb and Kate Slater were also on target. Jess Forster was the best player as the team cemented their position in mid-table.
After last week's error-strewn performance against Norwich Union, Saints bounced back right.
They made the break-through from a defensive clearance with the ball being moved swiftly through the midfield for Slaterto slot home.
The second goal came from another break with top goalscorer Clarke adding another to her tally.
After the interval the game followed the same pattern with St Ives slowly breaking down the Ipswich team and scoring two further goals through Fabb and Clarke.
* The St Ives men's first team also enjoyed a comfortable victory, this time 6-0 at
struggling Rutland. Joe Brennan's hat-trick was the star performance on the day as Saints maintained their position at the top of the East League Division 3NW. Mark Clinton, Ian Basser and John Marjason-Stamp were the other players to find the target.
* It was an less happy day for St Ives II, who went down 2-0 at bottom-placed City of Peterborough V. Saints' grip on the top of the table slipped after this poor display and the team now lie in fourth position - still behind St Ives III, who also lost. James Cahill and Bevin Moynan both found the target but Peterborough Exiles ran out 3-2 winners.
* There was some success for St Ives IV, winning 4-3 against top of the table Alford II. Tim McGlashan pounced twice to give his side the edge while Stuart Perry and Tony Osborne also netted.
This was just Saints' third league victory of the season.
* There were goals galore as St Neots Ladies III thrashed Harpenden III 7-0. Juliana Dickinson scored four times while Ali McMurray scored twice and Chris Deeks grabbed the other.
* St Neots Men's III lost out 4-3 at Wisbech. Sean Sanderson scored twice and Steve Moore also found the back of the net, but it wasn't enough for Saints.