And the ladies are also on form
PUBLISHED: 11:57 12 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010
Hitchin Town Ladies showed no ill effects from a long lay-off to crush Brentford Ladies 7-1. It was sweet revenge as Hitchin were convincingly beaten on their home turf in the previous meeting this season in Division One of the Women s Greater London Leag
Hitchin Town Ladies showed no ill effects from a long lay-off to crush Brentford Ladies 7-1.
It was sweet revenge as Hitchin were convincingly beaten on their home turf in the previous meeting this season in Division One of the Women's Greater London League.
Hitchin started the game well with Rebecca Coates scoring within the first five minutes. Danika O'Riordon fired in the second shortly after from a corner and in spite of conceding halfway through the half, Hitchin went in 3-1 up as Coates scored her second just before the break.
Hitchin increased their lead further on the restart with goals from Julie Beattie, two more for Coates and Axelle Courlander's superb free-kick.
The scoreline accurately reflected Hitchin's dominance of the game and they will be pleased with a good team performance, midfielders O'Riordon and Katie Baldwin having great games.
Stevenage Boro Ladies finally returned to league action by beating Herts rivals Hoddesdon Owls 2-0.
A heavy pitch, driving rain and the lack of recent match practice led to a sterile, disjointed and goalless first half.
The deadlock was broken just five minutes into the second period when a strong run and pinpoint cross from Ana Ruiz Jerez found her strike partner Katie Light in the box, who made no mistake from close range.
Minutes later, the same combination led to the same result, with Light netting Boro's second.
Boro were untroubled defensively, and ended their recent barren spell by running out comfortable winners, with the same result as the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Stevenage Vixens won by a single goal at Barton Rovers.
A slow start saw keeper Amanda Essam having to pull off a save within the first few minutes and Barton also hit the bar when they really should have scored.
Vixens also went close when Sue Stanton fired straight into the arms of the Barton keeper from close range, while Jemma Davies' brilliant strike was tipped away by the keeper.
The winner came after the break as Claire Paula Hall went on a run down the wing and played a one-two with Stanton.
Hall crossed for Davies to bring the ball down and sidestep the keeper before slotting into the bottom corner.
Arlesey Town Ladies were beaten 3-0 at form side Kempston, a result which flattered the hosts.
Debutant Kayleigh Saunders and her strike partner Mia Price caused some early problems before Kempston scored their first after 32 minutes and added a second just before the break.
Arlesey went close to halving the deficit through Becky Rice's fierce shot which sailed inches wide of the post.
Then when the Kempston keeper fumbled a corner, Maria Hilling picked up the stray ball only to have her shot blocked by two players on the line.
Sam Zala led the Arlesey backline well but right at the death with Arlesey pressing forward, Kempston got their third goal after a quick break.
Hitchin Hearts were beaten 3-1 by Huntingdon Town.
A Laura Ravenscroft penalty was all the Hearts had to show for a lot of hard work.
Player of the match Jade Turner out paced the defence on several occasions but could not muster the final touch that would have made all the difference.
At the back, Hearts were solid and just a couple of lapses of concentration were punished with Huntingdon taking their chances clinically.