St Ives Ladies quickly back on song as they dish out a double-figures drubbing

Holly Stride (right) scored twice for St Ives Ladies 1sts.

Holly Stride (right) scored twice for St Ives Ladies 1sts. - Credit: Archant

St Ives Ladies 1sts made an emphatic return to winning ways last Saturday when thumping Wisbech 2nds 11-0 in the East Women’s League.

The Division Two North-West leaders had dropped points for the first time this season the previous weekend, but they responded impressively as Helen Clarke, Holly Stride, Juliet Moynan and Zoe Helme all scored twice. Vicky Leighton, Abby Scarrow and Shelley Reed also got in on the act.

The 2nds were also victorious as Jules Griffiths and Louisa Scotney fired them to a 2-0 success against Leadenham 1sts in Division Three North-West while the 3rds claimed a 3-1 win over Cambridge City 4ths in a top-of-the-table clash in Division Four North-West (South). Beth Paton, Elaine Jones and Laura Beadles scored the goals.

St Neots Ladies saw a big lead wiped out in a 4-4 draw at Alford in Division Two North-West.

Lisa Gibbie hit her first league goal to help the Saints into a 3-0 advantage with Amy Wilkinson and Emma Ritchie also on-target.

A Paula Bingham goal then left them 4-1 to the good, but they were pegged back before Gibbie came within a whisker of a late winner.

Darren Coles continued his fine scoring form to fire St Neots Men’s 1sts to a fine success.

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Coles hit a hat-trick in a 3-1 win at Louth in Division Three North-West of the East Men’s League.

Coles opened the scoring when rounding off a flowing move before extending the advantage with a penalty stroke. He completed his treble with a superb solo effort when beating three opponents before finishing smartly.

St Neots 2nds continued their march towards the Division Five North-West title by extending their perfect record to 11 matches.

Sean Sanderson and Danny Stevenson both hit hat-tricks in an 8-0 derby drubbing of St Ives 4ths. Charlie Gardner and Fin Hay also struck with seven of the goals arriving during a first-half onslaught.

Kevin Sequenza hit two of the goals as St Neots 3rds claimed a slice of in-house revenge by beating the 4ths 4-0. They also leapfrogged the losers into second place in the Division Six North-West (South) standings. The 5ths went down 4-1 at leaders City of Peterborough 8ths at the same level. Paul Lawman hit their goal while young brothers Rupert and Archie Jacques impressed.

There was a clean sweep of defeats for the five St Ives Men’s sides. The 1sts went down 3-1 to Shefford & Sandy despite a James Lloyd goal while the 2nds tumbled 4-2 against Cambridge City Vets with Cameron Seton and Tim Jones finding the net.

Ian Basser bagged a consolation as the 3rds lost 5-1 at Cambridge South 2nds. The 5ths went down by the same scoreline against Cambridge Nomads 3rds. Finlay Hudson hit their goal.