Letchworth Ladies show their resolve

Letchworth Ladies had to dig deep to secure an East League Division One point for the second successive week. They came back from 4-1 down at half time in an exciting fixture against Old Loughtonians seconds. Letchworth could barely have made a worse star

Letchworth Ladies had to dig deep to secure an East League Division One point for the second successive week.

They came back from 4-1 down at half time in an exciting fixture against Old Loughtonians seconds.

Letchworth could barely have made a worse start, going 3-0 down in just 14 minutes, all from sloppy defensive work.

Letchworth rallied and pulled one back through Polly Balsom after 25 minutes, but the visitors restored their three-goal lead when their attack simply overloaded the defence two minutes from the break.

A fine Helen Hewlett penalty corner strike reduced the lead again just five minutes into the second half to give Letchworth fresh hope.

And a well-taken goal by Charlie Gibson midway through the half set up an exciting climax.

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With the visitors' defence increasingly penalised for stick tackling, Hewlett levelled the scores with her second penalty corner strike 12 minutes from the end.

In the closing minutes it looked as if Letchworth might snatch victory from several opportunities but both sides had to settle for a hard-earned point.

Letchworth travel to local rivals Stevenage this Saturday (Nobel School, 12.15pm pushback).

Other scores: Letchworth Ladies II 3 (Deborah Wren two, Jo Clayton) Shefford and Sandy II 1; Letchworth Ladies III 0 Cheshunt 1; Letchworth Ladies IV 1 (Sue Roberts) Enigma 1.

Stevenage Ladies suffered another defeat, 3-1 away to Sevenoaks.

It was all Stevenage early on and a short corner routine about halfway through the first half allowed Claire Young to tip the ball up into the middle of the net past the keeper following a strike from Rachel Jeffrey.

Sevenoaks responded shortly before half time with a short corner strike finding the corner.

The second half was even but it was Sevenoaks who finally conquered Stevenage's goalkeeper player of the match Jenny Harding (aka George Turtle).

Two open play goals after a period of pressure in the Stevenage half decided the issue.

Other scores: Stevenage Ladies II 1 (Alfie Gunther) St Neots II 0; Stevenage Ladies IV 5 (Louise Mevillot hat-trick, Charlie Blore, Holly O'Connor) Queenswood II 0; Stevenage Ladies V 3 (Julie Pincott two, Beth Francis) Leighton Buzzard V 7.

Blueharts Ladies played Bishop's Stortford seconds at home and scored three times without reply.

Although the score remained goalless at half time, Harts were on top form and knew a goal would come eventually.

In the second half, a short corner was awarded to Blueharts and a strike from Kerry Ross snuck the ball past the keeper.

Another of these was later disallowed due to the ball not being stopped outside the D before the shot.

A second goal came shortly after from Jay Livermore. The ball was played through Stortford's defence and taken into the D, and then buried into the corner.

Runs by the midfield and player of the match Lizzie Bayley were opening up the field of play for Harts.

A third goal secured the win for Blueharts as a short corner rebound from the keeper was picked up by Kate Chapman to score.

The seconds were unlucky not to come away at least with a draw from St Neots.

Harts took the lead in the first half when player of the match Heather Abbiss' cross met Gina Joseph's stick in the D who deflected the ball into the roof of the net.

Saints scored twice in the second half to see the Blues suffer only their fourth defeat in four seasons.

The thirds were beaten 2-1 by free-scoring Saffron Walden.

The Blues were 1-0 down at half time despite a great penalty flick save from player of the match Ruth Hicks.

Olivia Marsh converted a period of pressure into a goal for Blueharts after the break but the opposition scored again with a well-worked penalty corner.

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