Crostyx women hit rivals for six

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 November 2016

Crostyx women score (pic Stephen Leel)

Crostyx women score (pic Stephen Leel)


Hawes leads way with hat-trick

Crostyx women hit Bromley & Bexleyheath seconds for six in their latest East League outing.

Assistant coach Rusty Smith’s 30th birthday celebrations ensured a buoyant atmosphere at Lee Valley and Crostyx started with lots of intensity, moving the ball well.

They were soon rewarded for their dominance as Lucy Leel fired home a reverse-stick shot, but the visitors earned a penalty flick and converted to level.

Crostyx rallied to score twice more before the interval and moved 4-1 up after the restart when Leel teed up Mia Birchall to score.

The defence held firm, with Izzy Jones winning several battles, as Anna Lawes, Lou Feldman, Sophie Smith, Ella Day and Maddy Greene combined well.

Kat Hawes, Hannah Coles and Birchall hit the corners to pick up perfectly placed hits down the line from Rhona Mackie, Vicky Berrill and Annie Redmond, with Hawes completing her hat-trick with a superb strike from the top of the D.

The men were also celebrating after extending their unbeaten run to eight matches with a 5-3 win over Waltham Forest.

Former captain Phil Walker opened the scoring at the far post and Buckingham slotted home a second, before Harrison picked up his third assist of the game on Callum Palmer’s composed finish.

But Forest hit back with two goals in a minute to close the gap to one and pushed hard to level before the break.

After having a goal disallowed, Crostyx netted their fourth thanks to Palmer’s short corner finish and Freddie Britt’s quick thinking then set him up to complete his hat-trick.

Forest found a third goal of their own from a short corner, but it was only a consolation.

The women’s seconds got the better of Witham thanks to a textbook finish from Emma Tweddle.

Good work in midfield forced Witham to play wide and Crostyx defended a short corner, as Lisa Dixon, Jules Drake and Zayna Ahmed combined well.

Crostyx continued to search for a second goal, but Witham’s keeper made some good saves to ensure the scoreline remained unchanged.

The men’s seconds beat their Southend rivals by a 4-1 margin, while the thirds romped to a 5-1 win over Old Southendian sixths, but the women’s thirds lost 2-0 to Witham seconds.

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