Beer helps down Basildon as Redbridge go goal crazy
PUBLISHED: 13:30 19 February 2015
Disappointing weekend, though, as only one other team secures victory
Marisa Beer ensured Redbridge & Ilford’s women had something to celebrate on Valentine’s Day after she helped herself to five goals as the second team thrashed Basildon 15-0 in a stunning display.
Amber de Graaf and Sarah Porteous walked off with hat-tricks, but they could only toast Beer’s five-goal showing.
Esther Reed also struck twice, with Mea Cooper and Emily Gibson concluding the scoring.
Unsurprisingly Redbridge started strongly and it didn’t take long for Beer to open her tally.
Beer added two more before the break, with a couple of reserve hits, whilst de Graaf scored from short corners.
Cooper netted as well before half time, but Basildon had shown some attacking threat and strong defence from the hosts only ensured a clean sheet at the break and a six-goal lead.
Porteous went up front after the interval and to good effect as she fired in a hat-trick, whilst Reed bagged her brace.
Beer added another two to her tally to complete her nap hand, while Cooper got in on the act with a spectacular strike.
Gibson also scored, her first since returning, to complete the rout, although Basildon’s keeper prevented it from being more.
That was the only joy the women had at the weekend, though, with the first and third teams suffering defeats.
Sevenoaks seconds sealed a 2-0 win against the first team, while the thirds were heavily beaten by Wapping sixths. Reds lost 7-0 to make it a day to forget.
There wasn’t much joy for the men’s teams either, although the firsts edged a five-goal thriller with Southend.
Redbridge had gained the upper hand over top-of-the-table Southend in their previous two meetings and displayed great confidence from the off.
Aidie Palmer converted an early penalty corner and Reds continued to press the opposition without further troubling the scoreline.
Harpinder Singh Roopra was able to find the net to give Redbridge a 2-0 advantage, but they switched off for a five-minute spell and allowed Southend to get back into the game and reduce the arrears.
Reds responded immediately, with Konrad Kowalski restoring their two-goal lead.
But Southend came out strongly after the break, only for Charlie Paddon to ensure they didn’t get an early goal back. They netted a late consolation as Redbridge secured an excellent 3-2 win.
Elsewhere the seconds lost 3-1 to Romford firsts, despite Sunny Rehal netting.
The thirds suffered a 10-0 loss to East London fifths and the Academy were comfortably beaten 5-0 by Wapping ninths.
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