Gallery: Sue is Sherrardswood's queen of Hearts
PUBLISHED: 15:51 24 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009
Beds & Herts County Women s League Hitchin Hearts 1 Sherrardswood Ladies 1 SUE Hart s sixth goal of the season secured Sherrardswood Ladies a point against Hitchin Hearts yesterday. Hart pounced in the second half to level things at Hitchin and preserve
Beds & Herts County Women's League
Hitchin Hearts 1 Sherrardswood Ladies 1
SUE Hart's sixth goal of the season secured Sherrardswood Ladies a point against Hitchin Hearts yesterday.
Hart pounced in the second half to level things at Hitchin and preserve Sherrardswood's unbeaten away record in the Beds & Herts Women's League this season.
Once again, Sherrardswood managed to play when the weather got the better of most of the other teams in the division.
The pitch at Hitchin was in fairly good condition considering the recent weather and all the staff at the club had been out clearing snow away to ensure the Easter Sunday game went ahead.
Both teams had early chances in the first half with leading scorer Jax Bryceland having the best of the opportunities for the visitors.
However, the Hearts defence was organised and cancelled out any scoring chances.
At the other end of the pitch, Sherrardswood goalkeeper Paula Collis once again pulled of some great saves from long-range shots from the Hitchin strikers.
Jo Meakins and Katie Jones also did a great job in marking the Hitchin attackers, making it difficult for the home side to create anything inside the penalty area.
Both goals came after the break, with Hearts fortunate to break the deadlock.
They went ahead with a shot struck from outside the box that took a wicked deflection off a Sherrardswood player to send keeper Collis the wrong way.
Things could have got worse for the visiting team when Hitchin were awarded a penalty for handball.
However, Collis dived to her right and saved the well-struck spot-kick with her leg to keep the Sherrardswood team in the game.
The Sherrardswood girls upped their game after keeper Collis' penalty stop.
They piled on the pressure during a 20 minute spell and played some of their best attacking football of the year.
Emily Davey and Hart pushed forward down the wings and Jules Comerford and Kristie Donovan supplied some great balls into striker Bryceland.
On one occasion, she picked up a pass from midfield and was in on goal, but the Hitchin keeper came out and blocked her run.
The ball slipped free from the stopper's hands and Jax was able to get a foot to the ball and square it across the six-yard box for Hart, who was being tracked down quickly by two defenders.
Hart struck the ball over the defenders' heads into the roof of the net for a deserved equaliser.
The visitors could easily have taken their foot off the gas, but continued to battle hard to try and claim their fifth away league win.
They still needed some excellent defending from player of the match Naomi Swift and Abby Cardell at the back to counter Hitchin's attacking threat down the wings.
The match eventually finished 1-1 and with games being called off elsewhere over the past two weeks, four points from six is just what Sherrardswood needed to consolidate their second place in the league.
SLFC's next match is away to Watton Ladies at The Meadow on Sunday.
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