Letchworth stage comeback to earn a draw

PUBLISHED: 10:10 26 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:30 06 May 2010

Letchworth Ladies came back from 2-0 down to clinch a draw at Crostyx. Their goals were in the last 10 minutes from Sam Berry and a deflected short corner strike by Sarah Parkhouse. Letchworth now take on top of the table Sevenoaks in their next game. The

Letchworth Ladies came back from 2-0 down to clinch a draw at Crostyx.

Their goals were in the last 10 minutes from Sam Berry and a deflected short corner strike by Sarah Parkhouse.

Letchworth now take on top of the table Sevenoaks in their next game.

The seconds were beaten 3-0 at South Herts, while a double from Julie Fewings helped the thirds share four goals at Saffron Walden. The fourths crashed 6-1 at top of the table St Neots.

Stevenage also shared the points after a long trip to Kent.

Despite the early start for the long-distance fixture, they started their match brightly against Bexleyheath and Belvedere (BBHC).

Their possession paid off when Emma Isherwood was on hand to sweep home a Carly Seaton short corner strike. BBHC were quick to respond and drew level after a good period of pressure paid off.

Stevenage refused to be unnerved by the equaliser. Lucy Harvey worked well up front with player of the match Kath Phoenix and their pressure paid off when Harvey was fouled in the D and awarded a short corner.

It was top scorer Isherwood again on hand to neatly slot the ball home.

But a lapse in concentration saw BBHC make an interception that left the Stevenage defence on the back foot and the lone striker coolly slotted the ball home to draw the scores level.

After the change of ends, the game took a new tone as advantage played by the umpires allowed some scrappy challenges to take place.

Stevenage fought to the final whistle for the win they deserved and were denied the three points by a goalline save in the closing minutes.

There were defeats for all the other sides - seconds (10-1 to St Neots, Heather Hemmings), thirds (1-0 to Berkhamsted and Hemel 2nds), fourths (4-1 to St Neots 3rds, Helen Sawdon) and the fifths (5-0 to Queenswood).

Blueharts Ladies produced their best display of the season to share the spoils with Five Counties League leaders West Herts.

This 3-3 cracker was a far cry from their 6-1 defeat in their first meeting, especially as their keeper was unavailable.

West Herts scored two early goals although stand-in keeper Nikki Baxter showed excellent reflexes. The second half saw Blueharts really dominate with some attacking hockey.

Their first goal started with Sally Mack dispossessing a forward and carrying the ball forward. She then pulled the ball across the circle and scored following a deflection off a defender.

Invigorated by this, Blueharts soon levelled as Kerry Ross' shot was saved and Heather Abbiss netted.

West Herts rallied and went ahead five minutes later from a short corner.

Blueharts, with Jo O'Flaherty dominate in midfield, saw Carol Lamey force the ball forward once more to Rachel Morey.

She passed the ball into the D, O'Flaherty deflected this towards striker Sam Vaughan and she scooped the ball into the bottom left corner beating the diving keeper's outstretched hand.

The seconds won 2-0 at Saffron Walden thanks to two goals from Gina Joseph either side of the break.

Goalkeeper Ruth Hicks made a number of crucial saves and sweeper Kate Rogers was instrumental in keeping a clean sheet.

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