Cambridge City Women’s Hockey Club’s first team score a tie at Sevenoaks

Cambridge City remain runners-up to the Women’s Vitality England Hockey Championship from Division One South after a 3-3 draw on Saturday at Sevenoaks.

City got off to a positive start with goals from Holly Dean and Maddie Murphy giving them the lead they would hold until the third quarter.

At that point, three quick goals put the home side ahead, but Emilie Maxetti’s late goal saved City a point.

Cambridge City Ladies II.  Photo: Alistair Small
Cambridge City Ladies II. Photo: Alistair Small

Second-placed City, three points adrift of safety, will host sixth-placed Wimbledon on Saturday (18 March).

Elsewhere in the Women’s First Division East, May Bowsher was Cambridge City’s second star in their 6-0 home win over Upminster.

Bawshar scored a hat-trick and also scored two more goals for his team mates in a performance to remember.

Emma Owens also continued her good scoring run with two goals as Ella Hutton added her name to the score sheet.

An impressive start saw third-string Cambridge City give Millie Ellie the lead within the first 30 seconds of their 5-0 home win over Wisbeck Town on Monday night. Ellie beat five defenders down the right wing before driving the ball into the far corner where the goalkeeper stood unable to read if it was a cross or an oncoming shot.

Ciara Comley finished from a similar angle 10 minutes later, then Chanry Bond intercepted a shallow cross from centre-back on 23 minutes, going past the completely exposed keeper before Hannah Roberts slotted home a penalty kick to make it 4-0 at half-time.

A much-improved Wisbeck fought back in the second half and City struggled to create chances beyond Bond’s second goal, picking up the ball from a hesitant defender and volleying into the far corner.

The win put Cambridge two points behind table leaders Dereham with a hand. The two sides are due to face each other in Norfolk this weekend.

In the Women’s League East Division 3 North West, Cambridge City V achieved a 2-1 home win over Pelicans II.

Five Roncos put City ahead with a volley from the penalty spot before Becky Hayward danced around three defenders and fired the ball high into the net to seal the three points for the title winners.

In Division One of the English Men’s Hockey League, mid-table Cambridge City were beaten 6-2 at home by Birmingham University.

Host City had an opening 40 minutes to forget, scoring twice during the first quarter before two green cards ran out in the second quarter. The students scored two more goals to put the result beyond any doubt.

City player Connor Anand pulled one back in the 42nd minute, but the visitors responded with two more goals.

Anand scored again seven minutes from time, though that did little to change a difficult afternoon for City.

Relegation seemed inevitable for Cambridge City 3 in the East Men’s League Division 1 North after they lost 6-0 in promotion play-off Norwich City 2.

Barnaby Warr has made an impressive debut for the team, who are rooting to the bottom of the table and 12 points away from safety.

And in more positive news, Cambridge City VI are two points clear of the men’s League East Division 4 North West with a 7-0 home win over Kettering 4.

Nigel Gadsby (2), Nigel Anas, Raphael Zieler-Fletcher, Max Eamon Brempeh, John Gordon and Geoff Gibbs were all in goal for the leaders.

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