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Waltham Forest Ladies’ first team start season with 5-2 victory away at Gore Court
7:00am Friday 27th September 2013 in Sport
Waltham Forest Ladies’ first team started their season with a strong 5-2 victory away at Gore Court.
Katherine Abbie started the scoring after an incisive pass from Hannah Dobbin before two quick goals from short corners by Lucy Butcher asserted Forest’s dominance.
Gore Court managed to get back into the game just before half-time and then were just a goal behind after they were awarded a penalty flick.
The game was contested between two evenly matched teams as both had chances, but it was player-of-the-match Butcher who completed her hat-trick with a reverse stick shot.
Forest looked to build on their two-goal lead and with only a few minutes remaining had a fifth, Charlotte Penther fired home another penalty flick.
The men’s first team went into their campaign eager to follow up their strong pre-season results with a win but were left disappointed after a 3-2 defeat against Cambridge University.
Cambridge finished runners-up in the East Men’s Premier B last season and it was they who broke the deadlock following a short corner.
Forest drew level just minutes later when Ed Jackson tapped in after a mazy run and cross by Chris Drewe.
Early second-half pressure from Forest failed to yield a goal and it was Cambridge who made it 2-1 after the break with a tidy finish.
The young legs of the university side were then given an extra boost when Forest were reduced to ten men.
They battled on regardless and managed to draw level after good work by Drewe led to an own goal.
Cambridge’s extra man made the difference however and they countered again to score a last-minute winner.
In total, Waltham Forest put out nine teams at the weekend with a return of seven wins and two losses.
The club hold regular free training sessions for juniors. The sessions are free and all equipment is provided.
Open to children of all abilities, the club – named England Hockey’s Club of the Year – has more than 15 qualified coaches.