Sarah Belsham has a bash on birthday weekend to inspire Crostyx wins

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 October 2016

Sarah Belsham (11) of Crostyx celebrates (pic: Stephen Leel).

Sarah Belsham (11) of Crostyx celebrates (pic: Stephen Leel).


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Tia Rowe in action for Crostyx (pic: Stephen Leel).Tia Rowe in action for Crostyx (pic: Stephen Leel).

Birthday girl Sarah Belsham had a weekend to remember as she helped inspire two Crostyx teams to victories with six important goals.

The club chair was first in action for the women’s seconds on Saturday and netted a brace in their 3-2 victory over Maldon.

Although Crostyx started well and in control of possession, it was the opposition that went ahead.

It failed to knock the confidence of the positive squad and Belsham got them back on level terms with a solid strike into the bottom corner.

Maldon once again went back in front, but Belsham equalised again and it was level at half time.

Only one more goal was produced after the break and fortunately it went to Crostyx with Liberty Morrell firing home.

The women’s first team lost by the same scoreline away to Folkstone despite taking an early lead.

Alys Rowland smashed in after good work from Laura Feldman, but the Kent outfit struck twice before half time to lead at the break.

Crostyx went in search of the equaliser and got caught out before Vicki Berrill pulled one back, but it wasn’t enough.

The women’s third team were also involved in a high scoring affair, but most of the goals went against.

A trip to Southend & Benfleet was always set to be tough and by half time, Crostyx were 3-0 down.

But the thirds remained positive and began strongly after the break with Gill Woods reducing the arrears.

Southend & Benfleet initially hit back and Anusha Balasingam had to pull off a number of saves, but she did and then Woods made it 3-2.

Unfortunately that was as good as it would get for Crostyx with the hosts scoring four more to win 6-2.

The men’s three teams all played their part in high scoring clashes, but only one managed a victory.

A 10 goal game was produced by the firsts against Broxbourne, but the honours finished even.

Crostyx men’s seconds thrashed local rivals Havering 6-1, however, with another stunning display.

Alfie Tedder started the rout before Jahansher Akbar finished off a good team move by Crostyx to make it 2-0.

Havering responded to trail by one at half time. It was one-way traffic after the break though with Akbar finding the net and Joe Whitehead adding a brace.

Tedder, who hit the opener, then concluded the scoring to ensure the seconds won again.

Crostyx third team, like the firsts, shared the points after a 5-5 draw at Wapping’s ninth side.

After plenty of action on Saturday, the women’s vets hosted Bexleyheath and Belvedere in the first round of the over-35s cup.

Belsham continued her fine birthday weekend with a brace as Crostyx were 5-1 up at the break.

The club chair fired in two more strikes in the second half to help the veterans claim a 10-3 success.

Crostyx junior academy played their first competitive matches in the under-10 and under-12 Girls Essex tournament at Saffron Walden and performed strongly to complete an excellent weekend.

Under-12s: Charlotte Blair, Freya Murphy, Lottie Gillett, Krystal Lewis-Lynn, Ciane Coido, Kiera Ferns, Mia Hart, Sophia Jayaraj, Kate Dempsey, Ioana Toderascu, India Shepperson.

Under-10s: Hana Abedel-Aziz, Madeline Christina, Saskia Olaniran, Clementine Pearson, Willow Balboa, Poppy Rogers, Connie McCullough.

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