Double for Blues

PUBLISHED: 12:42 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 May 2010

Arlesey Town Ladies had a successful week by securing six points from two games. They were 3-1 winners over Barton Rovers on Sunday. A lob from Mia Price put Arlesey ahead in the first half. Barton equalised early in the second half but Arlesey responded.

Arlesey Town Ladies had a successful week by securing six points from two games.

They were 3-1 winners over Barton Rovers on Sunday.

A lob from Mia Price put Arlesey ahead in the first half.

Barton equalised early in the second half but Arlesey responded.

Their second goal came from Price again after 54 minutes after a Sarah Taylor break and cross from the right.

Arlesey secured a vital third to put the match out of Barton's reach when in the 80th minute, Kayleigh Saunders scored over the Barton keeper.

The Blues also won by the odd goal in three at Sawbridgeworth last Wednesday.

Marie Clarke latched on to a defence splitting ball from Katie Baldwin and coolly dispatched the opening goal after only two minutes. Sawbo chipped the keeper to draw the sides level again before the break.

With just 10 minutes to go, Arlesey were awarded a penalty when a Sawbo defender handled the ball in the area. Taylor made no mistake in converting the spot-kick.

Arlesey and Stevenage Boro Ladies are playing against each other this Sunday.

Langford Ladies lost 4-3 in an end to end game against Rushden and Diamonds.

Goalless until 38 minutes, Rushden scored with their third good opportunity when their centre-forward drilled a low shot inside the post which keeper Verity Crook could not keep out.

Five minutes later, Nikki Day sent a massive clearance from just inside her own half. The keeper let the ball bounce which then cleared her and rolled into the net for an unlikely equaliser.

Diamonds hit back with the last kick of the half when their centre-forward hit another good shot past Crook.

Five minutes into the new half, Langford were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out.

Day hit the ball into a crowded box and it avoided everyone and settled in the back of the net.

Following a period of relative calm, Langford's defence failed to clear a cross which first Crook parried into the six-yard box then Laura Bright's attempted clearance ricocheted to a Rushden forward.

Langford's persistence was rewarded on 85 minutes when Laveena Betts controlled the ball on the edge of the box and volleyed home a tremendous right-foot shot into the top corner.

With time running out, a Rushden forward beat the offside trap and rounded Crook to put their noses in front again.

Reds: Verity Crook, Nikki Day, Sophie Bailey, Tessa Shaw (Hanna Garatt-Kirk 80), Debbie Styles, Jade White, Laveena Betts, Shelley Forster, Laura Bright, Naomi Lyons (Laura Shearwood 70), Faye Rees.

Hitchin Hearts were beaten 2-1 at home by Hoddesdon Owls in the Herts and Beds County League.

They fell behind early on but levelled before half time with an opportunist goal from Annelie Olsson who followed in after Becky Saunders' free-kick had slipped from the keeper's hands.

In the second half getting forward into a strong wind proved difficult and a looping free-kick to the visitors dropped over debutant goalkeeper Sarah King to give them the lead.

Hearts could not find an equaliser their performance deserved despite hitting the woodwork twice.

Their two new players, King and Sam Porter, both had tremendous games.


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