In-form Old Girls prevail in league summit meeting

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Old Southendian Ladies Hockey first XI posted a huge statement of intent by beating Havering’s second string in an entertaining top of the table clash.

The Old Girls led at the break thank to a superbly worked goal, fashioned by Hattie Marden and smashed against the backboard by Anna Cooper.

The Seasiders negotiated a tough second period, creating the better of the few opportunities. And with five minutes remaining, they sealed the contest.

Beccy Withams sent a screamer high into the top left-hand corner of the net. Havering continued to battle but the result saw Old Southendian go two points clear at the top.

The Old Girls second XI came unstuck in a competitive clash with Waltham Forest’s third team.

A defensive error allowed the East Londoners to snatch an advantage. However, a strong second-half dispaly saw Margaret Downing follow up on a short corner to level the score.

But Waltham Forest was to clinch the points with a late strike. 

Old Girls skipper, Ros Jackson, said: “We learnt a lot from this match. Our division is still wide open – we will bounce back next week more determined than ever.”

Meanwhile, the Old Southendian third XI endured a tough afternoon, going down by seven unanswered goals against a strong Havering 4th XI. 

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