St Ives Ladies 1sts produce a peformance worthy of the occasion as to secure East Women’s League title in style
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St Ives Ladies 1sts clinched the Division Two North-West title amid an avalanche of goals.
Zoe Helme hit her first senior hat-trick as the East Women’s League honours were sealed with an 8-0 triumph against King’s Lynn side Pelicans last Saturday.
Holly Stride and captain Helen Clarke both struck twice for a team who were already assured of promotion. Vicky Leighton completed the scoring.
Proud skipper Clarke said: “It is great to have wrapped up the title on a day when we played like champions.
“Performances and results like this prove we deserve promotion back to Division One North.
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“If we can play to this level, we will give the teams in the league above a difficult game. Bring on September!”
St Ives Ladies 2nds’ promotion hopes were hit as they were held to a 1-1 draw at City of Peterborough 3rds while the Ladies 3rds received a 5-0 walkover against bottom side Ely City 3rds in Division Four North-West.
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St Ives Men’s 1sts let a two-goal lead slip, but still collected a valuable point in their battle to avoid relegation.
Mike Jenner’s first-half double put them on top at Division Two North title-chasers Norwich City 2nds, but the hosts clawed their way level in the second half of an East Men’s League clash which ended 2-2.
A Nathan Jones goal was not enough to spare the Men’s 2nds from a defeat which confirmed their relegation from Division Three North-West. The bottom side were beaten 2-1 by fellow strugglers Louth.
The Men’s 3rds were already down in Division Four North-West, but they enjoyed one of the highlights of a difficult season last Saturday.
Mike Boyle and Ian Basser both struck twice as they sank Wisbech Town 3rds 6-3 to record their second victory of the campaign. Will Jones and Simon Donald also found the net.
St Ives Men’s 4ths slammed their Spalding equivalents 5-0 in Division Five North-West while Sam Reynolds’ goal earned the 5ths a 1-1 draw against St Neots 4ths in Division Six North-West (South).
The 4ths were the only St Neots Men’s outfit to be beaten last weekend.
Departing goalkeeper Rob Marris produced a magnificent man-of-the-match display as the 1sts beat Horncastle 1sts 5-1 in Division Three North-West.
Morris marked farewell appearance for the club, before moving to the Lake District, with a series of fine saves.
Dan Sutton and Joe Derby both struck twice for the St Neots side with Garth Mooney grabbing the other goal.
The 2nds, already-crowned champions in Division Five North-West, thumped Wisbech Town 4ths 15-1. They need only two more victories to complete a perfect campaign.
The 5ths beat City of Peterborough 9ths 3-0 in Division Six North-West (South).