Lucy seals it for the ladies

Stevenage Ladies resumed their league campaign with a thrilling 3-2 home victory over Broxbourne. On a sunny afternoon at Nobel School, the home team also started brightly and were dominating proceedings in the centre of the park. Then Broxbourne broke fo

Stevenage Ladies resumed their league campaign with a thrilling 3-2 home victory over Broxbourne.

On a sunny afternoon at Nobel School, the home team also started brightly and were dominating proceedings in the centre of the park.

Then Broxbourne broke forward, and a low cross was unluckily deflected past Lisa Pickard in the Stevenage goal.

Almost immediately, it became two as a quick break down the right saw a cross well finished to give the away side a 2-0 lead.


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Stevenage kept pressing with excellent play up front from Kath Phoenix and player of the match Lucy Harvey winning a succession of short corners.

It was from one of these that they finally got the breakthrough, Jo Biggs firing the ball back into the D for Harvey to prod home with the last hit of the half.

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The second half saw more of the same, with relentless pressure almost rewarded when Carly Seaton hit a post midway through the period.

But the scoreline remained the same until the last minute when another short corner for Stevenage was swept home at the post by Kate Chapman for the equaliser.

There was still time for one last bit of drama though.

Holly Mould picked up the ball on the right after the Stevenage defence had won it back and a great run was finished off with a cross to Harvey who rifled the ball home with the last hit of the game.

The seconds beat Letchworth thirds 3-0 thanks to goals from Harriet Richards (two) and Nicola Biggs.

Other scores: Stevenage Ladies III 0 Luton 3, Stevenage Ladies IV 1 (Natasha Rose) Welwyn GC 1.

Letchworth Ladies were unlucky to only share the points after a sparkling performance against third-placed Tunbridge Wells.

After a two-week East Premier League break, both teams started confidently and produced good, fast approach play at both ends although neither keeper was seriously challenged in truth.

As the half progressed, Letchworth's greater pace and passing started to dominate although the visitors defended resolutely.

The second half was all Letchworth with pacy attacks down both flanks. The Kent team had no answer in particular to the combination of Leonie Cherry and Charlie Gibson on the right.

Pinned in their own half for virtually the whole time, the tackling became increasingly 'robust' as the visitors clung on desperately.

As too often this season, Letchworth were unable to convert possession into clear chances with the final pass too often going astray.

Letchworth will take confidence from an excellent team performance going into a tough fixture at Chelmsford seconds this Saturday.

Other scores: Letchworth Ladies III 0 Stevenage Ladies II 3, Letchworth Ladies IV 1 (Helen King) Shefford and Sandy IV 1.

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