Goal spree ends first team hopes

Three goals in as many minutes by runaway East Premier League leaders Holcombe swept away Letchworth Ladies. They went down 5-1 in an extremely difficult away fixture against a team with a 100 per cent league record. Letchworth got off to a disastrous sta

Three goals in as many minutes by runaway East Premier League leaders Holcombe swept away Letchworth Ladies.

They went down 5-1 in an extremely difficult away fixture against a team with a 100 per cent league record.

Letchworth got off to a disastrous start, conceding after just two minutes.

However, Letchworth started to get a grip of the game and held the Kent side well until midway through the half when the opposition showed just why they have a massive 17-point lead at the top of the table.

Three clinical finishes from breakaway attacks ended Letchworth's hopes.

A fifth Holcombe goal before half time suggested an absolute rout was in prospect.

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That was not to be, however. Although the home side showed no signs of easing off, Letchworth regrouped and had the better of the half.

A Ros Cramp goal early in the half gave Letchworth heart and it seemed likely that more would follow with debutant Jenny Stroomer and captain Leonie Cherry causing problems for the home defence on both flanks.

And with keeper Helen King making some excellent saves at the other end, Letchworth deservedly shaded the half.

Other results: Letchworth Ladies II 2 (Deborah Wren, Alex Caunce) St Neots II 0; Letchworth Ladies III 2 (Jo Pinn, Leanne Gateson) Welwyn GC III 0.

Stevenage Ladies went down 3-1 to Cambridge University seconds at home in only their second loss of the season.

Cambridge opened the scoring with a scrappy goal.

Stevenage started to get into the game and a free hit from Carly Seaton at the top of the D saw Steph Fanthorpe equalise.

It continued to be an end-to-end affair with player of the match Gemma Wickham playing a great game in the centre.

A penalty flick was awarded to Cambridge in the second half which they duly converted.

This was soon followed by a strike coming off the post into the path of a Cambridge attacker.

It was not to be Stevenage's day with two balls hitting the backboard only for the whistle to be blown for a short corner seconds before.

Stevenage hope to get back to winning ways this Saturday against Cambridge Ladies and St Ives in the last 16 of the HA Trophy the following day.

Other scores: Stevenage Ladies II 0 West Herts II 5; Stevenage Ladies III 4 (Nicki Reynolds, Sam Franklin, Jo Thorpe, Reb Hemmings) Bedford III 3; Stevenage Ladies IV 4 (Louise Mevillot, Maggie O'Connor, Gill Hamid, Yolandi Van Staden) Vauxhall Chiltern III 1; Stevenage Ladies V 2 (Claire Wakefield and Becky O'Connor) Hertford IV 1.

Blueharts Ladies scored three without reply at home against St Albans seconds.

With better weather and positivity carried forward, Blueharts secured another win.

Elayne Brown scored the first goal for Blueharts before an excellent strike from Lizzie Bayley was disallowed.

The second goal came from Kerry Kennard whose flick reached the top of the net.

Blueharts remained confident in the second half and Kennard got her second to seal the 3-0 win.

Other scores: Blueharts Ladies II 5 (Wendy Chantrelle two, Susie Powell, Helen Woolley and Harriet Marsh) Allenburys 0.

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