Solid showing helps East London women to important victory over Tunbridge Wells

PUBLISHED: 10:00 20 October 2017

There was plenty to celebrate for the thirds and seventh teams after they secured wins

East London women’s first team produced an excellent first-half showing to earn a 2-0 victory over Tunbridge Wells on Saturday.

They started positively and could have gone ahead inside the opening 10 minutes through both Karen Allan and Aisha Damarell, before Ailish Hendry broke the deadlock.

Hendry doubled her and East’s tally when she swept the ball home from the top of the D following a deflection on Carla Garces’ initial effort soon after.

Meanwhile, it was a slow start for the seconds, which ultimately proved costly as they lost out 3-1 to St Albans.

East found themselves 2-0 down at half time, but an improved showing after the restart helped and Sophie Crampton-Smith pulled one back.

However, that was to be in vain as St Albans netted a third to secure victory.

Stacey West’s double helped the thirds to a comfortable 5-0 win away at Upminster.

West got the ball rolling inside the first 20 minutes, before some great team-work led to East doubling their advantage.

Player of the match West made it 3-0 before the break and despite being down to 10 for a short period, further goals from Mara Waters and Victoria Harding sealed a routine victory.

Carly Nolan netted from two short corners to earn a share of the spoils for the fourths in a 2-2 draw with Old Loughtonians thirds.

They fell behind before Nolan’s double put them in front, only to be pegged back and forced to settle for a point at Mile End.

Emilie de Neauville netted for the fifths in their 1-1 draw at Redbridge & Ilford’s second team, but the sixths game was abandoned with them winning 1-0.

Lizzie Burch had put them in front, but disaster struck as Braintree inadvertently knocked out their own goalkeeper, forcing play to a halt when an ambulance was called for the stricken player.

Second-half strikes from Wendy Smith, Debs White, Karen Cheung and Eva Bashford-Harrison sealed a 4-0 win for the sevenths over Romford seconds, before the eighths drew 3-3 with Witham thirds as both Christine Peters and Sheena Anand found the net.

It concluded another good weekend for East London, who are indebted to their sponspors The Castle, Aldgate East and Paradise Slice Aldgate.

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