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Mia makes a telling mark as Crostyx women sink Wells on their East League travels

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 October 2017

Crostyx women discuss tactics (pic Crostyx HC)

Crostyx women discuss tactics (pic Crostyx HC)

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Mia Birchall’s second-half strike helped Crostyx women to a 2-1 win at East League rivals Tunbridge Wells.

Kirsten Blom put the visitors ahead following an early crisp short corner strike, but Tunbridge were quick on the counter attack and duly levelled going into the half-time break.

Birchall proved to be the matchwinner though when she finished off some well-worked play down the right to shoot past the Tunbridge goalkeeper.

Crostyx had to defend well to keep hold of their lead and goalkeeper Oli Thorogood picked up the player of the match after another excellent performance to bring home the three points.

The second team defied the odds to secure a 3-0 win over Chelmsford thirds after goalkeeper Rosie Batchelor picked up an injury in training.

Jo Everett stepped in as a kicking back, but the lack of a keeper gave the team renewed verve.

Crostyx made the breakthrough when Tahne Speechly finished from close range after good work from Alex Seddon-Guist. time.

The Chelmsford goalkeeper had a great game, but was beaten for a second time when Emma Tweddle’s short corner strike strengthened Crostyx’s lead.

Despite going down to 10 players for two minutes, Crostyx were able to keep Chelmsford at bay and the visitors made sure of the three points when Chantal Pampellone found the net for the fourth time this season.

The women’s teams maintained a 100 per cent record on a great weekend for the club with the thirds celebrating a 5-0 win over Basildon fourths, and the fourths picking up a 6-1 win over Romford seconds.

The men’s second team edged a five-goal encounter with East London thirds, emerging 3-2 winners, as did the third team against Wapping ninths.

They had to do it the hard way, though, coming from two goals down to secure a welcome win over their local rivals.

Nathan Moscow reduced the deficit and Crostyx drew level when a fierce cross forced the ball into the D which was met by the deft touch of Vishal Mayo into the back of the net.

Nick Gillet sealed all three points with a flick from another short corner with just two minutes left on the clock.

The fourth team could not replicate the feat, losing by the same scoreline to Wapping 11ths.


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