Hockey round-up: Ladies on cloud nine after huge win

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THE ladies of Milton Keynes ran riot on Saturday as they put nine goals past Abingdon Pilgrims to maintain their impressive start to the season.

Having left it right to the end of the game to clinch a point at Sonning the previous weekend, the side produced a scintillating display to thrash Abingdon, with Gemma Meredith setting up the first goal for player of the match Sophie Reynolds.

And things took a turn for the worse for Abingdon when their keeper went down injured and the game had to be delayed for 10 minutes before the visitors had to make the change.

The new keeper was put to the test immediately – and it wasn’t long before Annette Van Zyl fired home from the top of the D to put MK two goals ahead.

Some great work in midfield by Laura Browne, Chrissy Little and first team debutant Livvie Curle allowed the hosts to pile on the pressure and they added further goals from Helen Cooke, Charlotte Batty and another for Reynolds to make it 5-0 at half time.

Not content with that score, MK were back on the attack at the start of the second half and Reynolds found the backboard for a third time before Meredith bagged her second from a well worked penalty corner.

A slight lapse in concentration enabled Abingdon to win a string of penalty corners as they forced MK briefly onto the backfoot, but Laura Pellington-Woodrow in the MK goal was up to the task and the away side failed to get on the scoresheet.

After that short scare MK got back into their stride and added two further goals from Reynolds and Cooke to round-up a superb 9-0 victory, moving the ladies up to fourth in the table.

The ladies’ 2nds also earned a good win as they beat Newbury & Thatcham 4-2.

Lina Makan and Zoe Dawson helped them to a 2-1 lead at the break and that was added to in the early stages of the second half when Pip Thorne scored an excellent individual goal, beating a couple of players before going on to run half the length of the pitch to score.

Newbury responded with a second goal, but player of the match Makan sealed MK’s win late one, with other notable performances from Rebecca Hidrith and Jess Evans.

The 3rds made it a hat-trick of victories for the ladies with goals from Zoe Carter and Cat McCullagh sealing a 2-0 win, but the 4ths were held to a 0-0 draw by Vauxhall Chiltern, despite the best efforts of star player Maddy Boyce.

The men’s 1st and 2nds sides had the weekend off, but there was an impressive victory for the 3rds who beat West Hampstead 4-2 courtesy of goals from Will Luther (2), Matt Darvell and Tom Fitch. The men’s 5ths also won, 7-0 against Eastcote, completing an unbeaten weekend for MK.