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Woking 3 Holyport 5
Two teams who have made a strong start in the Thames Valley League Division Two East battled out an eight-goal thriller as visitors Holyport maintained their unbeaten start against Woking, overcoming an early two-goal deficit to emerge winners by five goals to three at Bisley FC.
Woking, in their first season a decade after a previous club bearing the name folded, started with great intent and were soon in the lead through Carly Lewis. The same player doubled the advantage after a quarter of an hour capitalising on an excellent run and cross by Charlotte Davis.
Holyport were back in the contest within three minutes as Emma Hockley scored the first of her hat-trick from close range. The equaliser came just after the half hour as the same player showed bravery to beat advancing keeper Chloe Hetherington to a through ball. Both players were able to continue after lengthy treatment. The visitors went close to taking the lead through a Sionainn Ni Dhonncha shot just over the bar on 42 minutes, but the teams were deservedly level at the break after an exciting first half.
Playing with the strong breeze at their backs, Holyport looked dangerous on the restart. Hetherington made a flying save to turn away a shot by Hockley bit was powerless to stop an excellent lofted long range effort by Ni Dhonncha on the hour. The lead did not last long, however, as Woking responded with the pick of the eight goals two minutes later. Davis created the chance with another run and cross but the first time volley across the keeper from Sydnee Offord was superb.
Hethington was injured again making another brave save at the edge of her area leading to a lengthy delay. From the resulting corner Hockley delivered an inviting ball for Sally Wade to guide home a looping header into the far corner to restore the visitors' lead.
Woking lifted their game and created two very good late chances to draw level again. Both fell to Lewis, running onto through passes, but she was unable to convert either from the edge of the area.
Instead it was Hockley who sealed Holyport's victory and her hat-trick, nodding home a bouncing ball after defensive hesitation on 90 minutes. Both teams had contributed to a very good match but it was Holyport who took home the three points and overtook their opponents to move into second place behind Abbey Rangers Reserves.
Chloe Hetherington, Kate Davies, Shelley Hankins, Aimee Roberts, Jennifer Beckett, Charlotte Davies, Carly Lewis, Chelsea Goulter, Sydnee Offord, Caitlyn Hawkins, Hannah Cooper. Subs: Rachael Cook, Georgia Hill, Nadine Roberts.
Morgan Daley, Eileen Dunbar, Jo Liddell, Harlie Clarke, Naomi Sheikh, Chloe Hazell, Sally Wade, Nicola Froud, Emma Hester, Angela Carter, Nicola Attrell. Subs: Melissa Dobson, Kate Hardie, Sionainn Ni Dhonncha.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Melissa Dobson holds off the attentions of Charlotte Davies
(middle) Jennifer Beckett clears away from Nicola Attrell
(bottom) Caitlyn Hawkins battles for the ball with Angela Carter
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