WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: St Ives Town Ladies’ best performance of the season earns a fine point

Ruth Fox hit a stunning goal for St Ives Town Ladies in their draw with Harlow Town. Picture: GARY R

Ruth Fox hit a stunning goal for St Ives Town Ladies in their draw with Harlow Town. Picture: GARY REED PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

St Ives Town Ladies picked up a precious point in their Eastern Region Women’s League survival battle last Sunday.

Abbi Griffin on the ball during St Ives Town Ladies' clash with Harlow Town. Picture: GARY REED PHOT

Abbi Griffin on the ball during St Ives Town Ladies' clash with Harlow Town. Picture: GARY REED PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Darren Marjoram's side produced their finest performance of a difficult debut Premier Division season to draw 2-2 with unbeaten table-toppers Harlow Town Ladies at Westwood Road.

Saints were already without four regular players when they lost Hannah Seymour-Shove to illness only an hour before kick-off, but they gave an excellent account of themselves.

They spent much of the first half under pressure but one of their rare attacking forays featured a terrific opening goal from player-of-the-match Ruth Fox who blasted in from 20 yards.

Their advantage was wiped out on the stroke of half-time when they failed to deal with a corner and St Ives then fell behind on the hour with the high-flying Harlow side again piling on the pressure in the second period.

St Ives Town Ladies goalkeeper Kira Markwell stops a Harlow Town attack last Sunday. Picture: GARY R

St Ives Town Ladies goalkeeper Kira Markwell stops a Harlow Town attack last Sunday. Picture: GARY REED PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

But Saints refused to roll over and clawed their way back onto level terms late on when Caitlin McGeown forced a mistake, intercepted a weak back-pass and finished coolly to ensure they became only the second team to take a point off Harlow all season.

Third-bottom Saints are now five points clear of the drop-zone with the two teams below them - Haringey Borough and AFC Dunstable - yet to win this season.

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Saints now host Haringey in a crucial home clash this Sunday, 2pm.