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Mixed weekend for Crostyx teams, but women’s firsts do business against Holcombe

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 October 2017

Action from the game between Crostyx men's fourth-team and Maldon Academy (pic; Crostyx HC).

Action from the game between Crostyx men's fourth-team and Maldon Academy (pic; Crostyx HC).

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Crostyx women’s first team maintained their unbeaten run with a 6-2 demolition of Holcombe at Lee Valley.

The task on paper was a tough one with Holcombe coming down from the league above, but it was the hosts who started with energy and it was no surprise that they took the leady 10 minutes into the game.

A dive into the circle by Kirsten Blom smashed straight through the goalkeeper’s legs to open the scoring.

Holcombe hit back almost immediately though, but the hosts soon found their rhythm again.

And Blom doubling her tally with a reverse stick hit into the top right corner.

Captain Sophie Smith’s first of the season extended their lead and though the visitors pulled one back, Laura Abbott’s rebound saw an action-packed first half end 4-2.

Abbott extended the advantage after the break before Sarah Belsham confirmed the victory ahead of this weekend’s trip to Folkestone.

Meanwhile, the women’s second team lost 2-1 to Upminster, but the thirds picked up a comprehensive 4-1 win over their Waltham Forest counterparts.

Suzy Haven’s first half effort gave them the lead, before Helene Strandring doubled the advantage.

Haven’s exploits were not over though as she scored a second half double to round off a welcome victory.

Ella Thorne’s player of the match performance for the fourths couldn’t stop them from losing out 3-0 to London Royals.

They were 3-0 down at the break, but produced a strong showing in the second half to keep out the opposition.

The men’s first team were edged out by the odd goal in a seven-goal thriller against West Herts, while the seconds also lost out 3-2 against Wapping.

A 6-0 win came the way of the thirds against Basildon, but the fourths lost 3-2 to Maldon Academy despite a valiant showing.

Andrew Delaney and Sabir Khandukar came to their rescue after initially only have nine players and Maldon got off a strong start.

They controlled the game and put plenty of pressure on the Crostyx defence, which held firm for large spells, but ultimately they fell just short of what would have been a fine victory.


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