South Herts climb up the table after away win

PUBLISHED: 16:50 17 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:24 26 October 2009

East Women s Hockey League Division 2SW Old de Ferrians 1 South Herts League 4 SOUTH Herts Ladies leapfrogged Old de Ferrians in Division 2SW of the East Hockey League after a fine 4-1 victory. The game began with both teams providing good attacks but un

East Women's Hockey League Division 2SW

Old de Ferrians 1 South Herts League 4

SOUTH Herts Ladies leapfrogged Old de Ferrians in Division 2SW of the East Hockey League after a fine 4-1 victory.

The game began with both teams providing good attacks but unable to convert on Saturday.

It was South Herts, who play at Potters Bar, that were awarded an early opportunity via a penalty flick when one of the Old de Ferrians' defenders seemed to foul on the goal-line.

Trusted penalty flick taker Claire Moore stepped up and converted with an excellent bottom corner flick.

However, South Herts' lead was short-lived.

Old de Ferrians found a way back shortly after.

They levelled with a strike on goal from the top of the circle that was just out of the reach of stand-in goalkeeper Jo Spinks.

It was from the reset that the visitors kicked into action and scored one of their best goals.

Captain Caroline Partridge received the ball out of defence and ran up the right wing, dodging a number of defenders.

She passed it to Anna Walker, who injected the ball into the D.

A touch on from Sarah Jowett and a strike on goal from Caroline Stanners put South Herts back in the lead.

Half-time approached and the away side were determined to keep their lead and were fired up after Stanners' goal.

The second half required a lot more defending by South Herts.

This was because the hosts continued to attack.

Old de Ferrians won short corners that Herts defended well, preventing a final shot on goal.

Herts' third goal came from a quick break out of defence by Walker and up to the right wing to Shelley Farmer with a ball into the circle that was goal-bound by a strike from Jowett.

But man-of-the-match Vanessa Porter tapped it in at the left-hand post to claim the goal.

Porter provided some excellent runs up the left wing throughout the game.

Herts' final goal towards the end of the game came when Partridge had the ball inside the circle and worked hard to get around her defender.

She finally tapped it around her and flicked it into the back of the goal between the post and the keeper.

That sealed the 4-1 away victory that demonstrated a great team effort by Herts.

South Herts will be hoping to continue that form on Saturday when they play a rearranged fixture up in Cambridge.

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