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Defence fails Swifts

Mallory Towlson, of the Swallows, tries a shot during a women's hockey match against the Cardinals at the National Sports Centre at the weekend. Swallows won 3-0.

Women’s ‘A’ DivisionCanaries 3Swifts 1A brace from Mary-Ellen Jackson was enough to give Canaries an easy win over Swifts.Canaries got their first two goals courtesy of defensive errors by Swifts that resulted in Joanne Smith-Barrow scoring in the 23rd minute, before Jackson doubled the lead two minutes later.The second half developed into a midfield affair and it was not until late on that Jackson found a way to breach Swifts defence and score her team’s third goal.In the last minute Iman Smith, who was outstanding throughout, picked up the ball on the halfway and beat the entire Canaries defence only to be fouled in front of goal.She calmly converted the resulting penalty stroke in the 70th to give Swifts a consolation goal.Ravens 1Wildcats 1Alex Wheatley cancelled out Karen Campbell’s strike to leave honours even between Ravens and Wildcats.It was Wildcats who broke through on the stroke of half time when Belthea Pringle pushed up from the defence into the midfield to link with up Campbell, who drove to her left and fired off a thunderous strike into the far corner of the Ravens net.In the 58th minute the Ravens were awarded a penalty corner after a bad stick tackle by a Wildcats defender, and Wheatley stepped up to convert from the penalty spot.Swallows 2Budgies 2Keishae Robinson rescued a point for Budgies in their game with Swallows.The Budgies went ahead in the fifth minute through Stephanie Adderley, but Swallows were level when Liz Stewart scored two minutes –later.Swallows then went in front soon after when Rebecca Payne scored.Budgies though were not to be denied and they replied through Robinson after she put pressure on a Swallows free hit and was able to regain possession which led to her goal.Women’s ‘B’ DivisionBluebirds 0Longtail/Canaries 0The young Longtail/Canaries played extremely well against second-placed Bluebirds.The side had a few breakaways against a strong Bluebirds defence but was unable to convert that pressure into goals.Neither team could beat the other’s goalkeeper and had to share the points.Cardinals 0Swallows 3Swallows got goals from three different players as they beat Cardinals.Swallows started their scoring run in the 37th minute with Maria Robinson scoring the first goal of the game.That came courtesy of Jennifer Chisnall, who tried to strike it home only to find Cardinals goalkeeper in the way.The deflection found Cardinals defender Kaywell Outerbridge who attempted to clear the ball, only to see the ball trickle into the back of the net.The last goal of the game came in the 68th minute for Swallows after Olivia Moore who passed to Joanna Kingsbury at the top of the circle to end the game 3 - 0 to Swallows.Ravens 0Swifts 2Swifts needed two goals from Ryane Bardgett to get by Ravens.Bardgett converted two penalties in the 42nd and 47th minutes.Swifts, however, wasted five penalty corners, saw several more shots saved and wasted numerous other opportunities.Men’s DivisionPolecats 2Chameleons 1Shannon Simons scored the winner for Polecats as they beat Chameleons in a close contest.The Chameleons were the first to draw blood when they converted a well-worked short corner in the 25th minute, which was scored by Richard Cox who deflected the ball into the net.The second half saw the –Polecats increase the tempo and this along with a subtle tactical change lead to the equalizer –being converted from close range by Richard Marriott in the 39th minute.Polecats’ Shannon Simons took his chance with a deft scoop over the Chameleons custodian, which sailed into the net from an almost impossible angle in the 46th minute that left those watching in awe.The momentum shifted back to the Chameleons who had it all to play for and they were unlucky not to equalise when Neil Mountford fell in the circle just as he was about to slip the ball into the net with only Craig Burt to beat.