Welshpool give Town the flick


Mike Sheridan

A late penalty flick from two-goal hero Lucy Davies earned the local bragging rights for Welshpool as they held on for a 2-1 win over local rivals Newtown in Saturday's North Wales Women’s Hockey League Division One clash.

Davies gave Welshpool the lead early on at the Flash, lashing home from the edge of the D to open the scoring for the home team, only for Newtown’s Clare Bonsall to hit back from a penalty corner to level the scores at 1-1.

But Welshpool were not to be denied and after a Newtown player stopped the ball on the line with a foot, Davies stepped up to score her second goal of the afternoon via the penalty spot and secure all three points against high-flying Newtown, who slipped to their first defeat of the season having won their first three games in 2016/17.

Elsewhere in Division Two of the North Wales League there was good news for Llanfair Ladies, who maintained their unbeaten start to the season after easing their way to a 6-1 victory over Blaenau Ffestiniog at Llanfair Leisure Centre.

A hat trick from Alice Gregory put the game beyond doubt for Llanfair, adding to a brace from Louise Wilde and one from Debra Barker, sealing a victory which takes them to the summit after four games played.

In the Southern Premier Two, Presteigne Ladies maintained their impressive start to the season with a narrow 4-3 victory away to Howardian Seconds which sees them hold on to their early lead in the division despite a 3-0 victory for second placed Swansea University Women over Gwent Ladies.

In the South Wales Women’s League Division One, Radnor fell to a narrow defeat away at second placed Gowerton.

Radnor were dealt an early blow after Llinos Samuel was forced off the pitch with a severe head cut, and things went from bad to worse as Gowerton raced to a 2-0 advantage. Radnor replied twice through Elin Wozencraft to level the scores before Hayley Price added a third before half time, but they were unable to hold on as the hosts took command in the second half, eventually succumbing to lose 4-3.

In the Midland Men’s Hockey League, Newtown are still searching for their first victory of the season after they fell to a 3-0 defeat at Droitwich Spa. 

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