Rutland ladies top the league table

Spalding Ladies Seconds v Rutland 1st Hockey action at Glen Park, Surleet. Photo:  SG290912-122TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
Spalding Ladies Seconds v Rutland 1st Hockey action at Glen Park, Surleet. Photo: SG290912-122TW www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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Hard work during the summer is paying off for Rutland Hockey Club’s ladies who top the Cambridgeshire league after three unbeaten matches.

The ladies first team cruised to a comfortable 3-1 victory at newly-promoted Spalding last week and skipper Katie Richardson says it’s all down to a fantastic pre-season.

Richardson said: “We really hoped that our pre-season would pay off and it has been a fantastic start.

“Kim Cooil has switched positions and been superb in the middle, and we have several new players who have settled really quickly. Penny Skipper, who switched form football a year ago has already scored several goals.

“Some are old school friends while others had only been able to play on and off in the past.

“There has been a great commitment to get the same 10 or 11 players each week.”

Just three games into the season, Richardson is keen not to talk up the team’s title prospects just yet.

“Our aim is the top three, and if we continue as we are playing at the moment we’ll see where that takes us,” she said.

Tomorrow they face Cambridge University in a cup match and Richardson added: “We would love to continue our current streak. We lost against them last year so it would be great too make up for that.”

Last Saturday the Rutland Ladies cruised to a comfortable 3-1 victory at newly-promoted Spalding.

Ella Brahmachari and Anne Pollock were soon scything through the Spalding defence, and Charlie Gregg stole the ball to streak away and open the scoring.

Gregg soon had her second, following excellent play on the right flank from Penny Skipper.

Richardson made it three before half time, calmly picking her spot at a short corner.

The second half brought more of the same with Nic Cage proving a steadying hand on the tiller at the back.

Further goals would not have flattered the Rutland side but after a string of near misses, they lost possession on their own 25 and Spalding worked a nice move to snatch a goal back.

Rutland’s men are also unbeaten and level with a trio of sides on nine points in the men’s East League 3NW Division, and the ladies 2nd XI picked up their first victory last week in a great day for the club last Saturday

Rutland Ladies 2nd XI’s patience paid off with two second half strikes to earn their first win of the season.

They beat Cambridge South Ladies 2nds 2-0.