Herts' stalemate in Chess match

PUBLISHED: 17:37 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 26 October 2009

EIGHT goals were shared by South Herts and Chess Valley as they drew 4-4. It was a good game for a neutral spectator, but not one of South Herts better demonstrations of how to retain a lead. Herts went ahead early on when Caroline Stanners was fed the b

EIGHT goals were shared by South Herts and Chess Valley as they drew 4-4.

It was a good game for a neutral spectator, but not one of South Herts' better demonstrations of how to retain a lead.

Herts went ahead early on when Caroline Stanners was fed the ball at a penalty corner.

She slotted her shot through the wall Chess Valley had built on their line.

Herts looked fairly composed with Anna Walker and Sue Richardson busy in midfield.

With 10 minutes of the half left, Chess Valley took a long corner which made it all the way through to their centre forward, who nipped in to slot the ball past Mo Gough.

Undaunted, Herts attacked immediately and regained the lead after barely a minute through Sue Richardson.

She fired yet another accurate free hit into the area which Sarah Jowett diverted into the goal.

The second half started promisingly for the Potters Bar-based side as Vanessa Porter found herself with only the keeper to beat.

Having seen her first shot saved, she calmly beat the keeper with the rebound.

At this stage Herts should have been home and dry, but sadly a comfortable win wasn't to be.

Perhaps put off by the unusually large amount of support, Herts contrived to allow Chess Valley back into the game.

Chess scored two goals in quick succession, both the result of breakaways when Herts were on the attack.

Despite the best efforts of Ruth Spencer with what can only be described as a tackle with her backside, Herts found themselves level at three all.

The Herts players were beginning to look a little shellshocked and not long after they went behind.

Again the Chess player managed to nip between the Herts defence to score.

With much angry throwing of sticks from the Herts team it was time to re-focus and push for an equaliser.

The breakthrough came with six minutes left.

A chopping tackle by the Chess defender gave Herts a penalty corner.

Jowett passed the ball to Lucy Edwards, who showed great composure to calmly lift the ball over the keeper and save South Herts' blushes.

Herts are third place in the league table. They are four points behind leaders St Neots with a game in hand.

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