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Crostyx men come away with nothing from Wisbech, while women draw some positives

PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 September 2018

Action from Crostyx women's fourth team match (pic Crostyx HC)

Action from Crostyx women's fourth team match (pic Crostyx HC)

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Crostyx men came away empty handed from their opening game of the new season after a 3-2 loss at Wisbech Town.

They got off to the worst possible start as Eli Wallich conceded a penalty flick which was sent into the top netting.

But the visitors levelled just before the break when Billy Gibbon found James Buckingham to fire home on the reverse.

Crostyx continued to impress after the restart and Gibbon found Hamish Campbell to send a bobbling shot into the corner.

But mistakes and carelessness allowed Wisbech to level with 15 minutes left on the counter attack and they converted a short corner which Roberto Harrison was unable to keep out of the left post.

Harry Marshall went close twice before hitting the post and with time running out Styx saw Ali O’Malley denied a simple tap in at the far post.

The women drew 1-1 with Canterbury 2A, as Courtney Ferns, Ella Day, Ellie Prideaux, Donna Blockley and keeper Olivia Thorogood soaked up pressure.

Midfielders Maddy Greene, Sophie Smith and Lara Pollock battled throughout to feed forwards Kat Hawes, Vicky Berrill and Immogen Murphy as the first half ended goalless.

Coach Simon Blockley’s rousing teamtalk led to Crostyx taking the lead from a short corner as Anna Lawes fired in.

But despite player of the match Chloe Pollock making several key interceptions, Canterbury hit back to level late on.

The men’s seconds lost 2-0 at Braintree, but the women’s won 4-1 at Colchester, where Lottie Gillett and Kiera Murphy made their debuts.

Clara Johnson and Helene Standring impressed early on, with George Esterhuysen-Smith opening the scoring.

Strong defensive play by Gillett, Lisa Dixon and new keeper Sophie Durnam denied the hosts, before Kate Feldman countered to set up Sarah Belsham to score.

Colchester replied before the break, but brilliant play by Carla Preston, Murphy and Liberty Morrell set up Johnson to make it 3-1, with Standring netting number four late on.

The men’s thirds lost 3-2 to Witham, while the fourths went down 3-0 to Old Loughts Willows.

But the women’s thirds beat Southend & Benfleet 3-0 and the fourths won 4-2 at Braintree, as Sue Johnston, Clare Nwofor and Gill Woods (2) all netted.

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