No goals as first XI are denied

PUBLISHED: 10:44 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Ladies hockey Letchworth Ladies were desperately unlucky to miss out on all three points from mid-table Thurrock as their East Premier League campaign restarted after the winter break. They dominated this goalless draw throughout and made their attacking

Ladies' hockey

Letchworth Ladies were desperately unlucky to miss out on all three points from mid-table Thurrock as their East Premier League campaign restarted after the winter break.

They dominated this goalless draw throughout and made their attacking intentions clear from the start, with Leonie Cherry and captain Nicky Pendleton in particular causing havoc down the wings.

And with Sarah Parkhouse controlling the midfield, it seemed only a matter of time before Letchworth would take the lead despite dour but well-organised defence by the Essex side.

In the second half, Letchworth continued to press hard and again had by far the better of the possession but without creating many clear-cut chances.

With all of the defensive line-up also taking the opportunity to get forward, the biggest risk to Letchworth seemed to be from a breakaway attack. But the visitors rarely ventured into the Letchworth D, with keeper Teresa Hisgrove touching the ball only once in the whole game!

Despite a number of penalty corners in the closing minutes, Letchworth were unable to break the deadlock enabling the visitors to claim a point.

The Whitethorn Lane side will take heart from one of their best team performances for weeks as they again face Essex opposition on Saturday when they travel to third-placed Crostyx.

The seconds lost 2-1 at Royston despite a goal for Lauren McClean.

The thirds went down 1-0 at home to Welwyn GC, while the fourths were beaten 2-0 by St Albans (veterans' team).

Stevenage Ladies resumed league hostilities by beating county rivals St Albans 3-0.

Immediate pressure paid off as the ball broke for Emma Isherwood to slot home with barely 60 seconds on the clock.

This great opening spurred Stevenage on and they continued to dominate the first half for long periods.

It was from one of their numerous short corners that the second goal was scored, Isherwood sweeping home from Carly Seaton's strike. Any St Albans breaks were well managed by Becky Fenwick and Liz Gates in defence.

The second half was more of the same and it was not long before Stevenage made it three. A good run forward from Holly Mould found Lucy Harvey in the D to deftly flick home.

Stevenage could have scored more with some great breaks from Jo Biggs at right back, and some quality passing, but the St Albans defence was just equal to it all.

The seconds lost 5-0 to Broxbourne 2nds but the thirds were 2-0 winners over their counterparts from Broxbourne to top the table thanks to goals in each half from Heather Hemmings and Nicky Reynolds.

The fourths were beaten 3-0 by Luton and the fifths crashed 5-0 to Bishop's Stortford.

Blueharts Ladies earned a well- deserved 1-1 draw against Harpenden.

Harts were composed on the ball and found their new formation helped move the ball around the midfield.

The defence, led by player of the match Becky Gardener, were able to control any Harpenden attack, and only conceded a couple of short corners in the first half.

Kerry Ross was unlucky with some attacking hockey, linking well with Sam Vaughan, and they both came close to scoring.

Ross went one-on-one with the keeper after the break and was close to a stunning individual goal.

The team's efforts were rewarded with a goal from Vaughan, who swept past the keeper in a crowded goalmouth.

Towards the end, Harpenden were awarded a series of short corners and were able to breach the defence to equalise.

As the final whistle blew, Harts were once again on the attack, with Heather Abbiss going close to the winner.

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