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Ladies 1st Team - Match centre

Cambridge City
Ipswich
Sat 6 Oct 13:00 - Investec Women's Hockey League - Investec Conference East Full time

Huge improvements v Cambridge City

Sacker wins player of the match

Ipswich SEVEN headed to Cambridge for a late 5pm game and the visitors were determined to put in an improved display from last weekend.

Their hosts had started the season well with a 5-0 win over Southgate with Olympic gold medallist, Helen Richardson-Walsh grabbing a hat-trick and Ipswich knew they would have to step up to deny City easy chances.

The Suffolk side started well, looking a different team to last weekend but City were the ones looking more threating with the ball. Despite pressure in the circle Ipswich defended superbly Georgia Linnell stepping out to make tackles and deny City time.

As time ticked on Ipswich started to create more and some great play by Sophie Sexton found Chloe Williams. Williams made a great run, but the Cambridge GK was out quickly to smother the shot.

With half time approaching City were lucky to win a PC after the ball had hit their player on the foot before they won the corner. At this level it is these small things that can turn a match and Cambridge scored after a slick routine. Ipswich looked rocked and 1 minute later City extended their lead with another PC.

Half time saw Ipswich re-group and the visitors knew they were still in the match, but they would have to hit City on the counter.

The running and desire by Ipswich were first class and with player of the match Mary Sacker linking superbly with Sexton and co-captain Lucy Dunnett in the middle, Ipswich were retaining the ball well. But the final outcome in the attacking 25 was not quite on the money and with 5 minutes left Cambridge scored a third goal again from a PC.

Whilst disappointed with the score line Ipswich had implemented many of the lessons learnt from last week and rightly left the pitch with heads held high. Special mention to 15 year old Ianthe Hill & Beth Scott for making their National League debuts.

Next up for the Suffolk side is Wimbledon away, another side with an Olympic Gold medallist; Crista Cullen as well as 4 current International players.

Photo Credit: Chris Hobson

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

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Other Investec Conference East results

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# Team Pl Pts
4. Harleston Magpies 1 3
5. Hampstead & Westminster 1 3
6. St. Albans 2 3
7. Horsham 1 3
8. Southgate 2 3
9. Sevenoaks 0 0
10. Ipswich 6 0

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