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Abbie Barrett hits third hat-trick in eight games as Bishop’s Stortford beat Chelmsford 3-1 in East Women’s Hockey League, Premier Division





Abbie Barrett hit her third hat-trick of the season to make it 15 goals from eight games as Bishop’s Stortford beat Chelmsford 3-1 at home to maintain their 100% winning record in the East Women’s League, Premier Division on Saturday (November 11).

She opened the scoring after 25 minutes with a deflection at the end of a well-worked routine, but the visitors drew level early in the second half.

Barrett restored table-topping Stortford’s lead after a strong run by Malli Came before sealing the victory following good work by Lulu Catley and Harriet Wilmott.

Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan
Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan

Goalkeeper Charlie Nash produced some excellent saves in the closing stages while Lou Davies was named player of the day.

“We started slowly, but once we got into our stride and pressed high up the pitch we won turnovers and enjoyed plenty of possession,” said team manager Mark Surridge.

“We used it well, creating decent patterns of play, switching our attacks from flank to flank and forcing Chelmsford into mistakes.”

Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan
Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan

Stortford, with eight wins from eight, remain two points clear of Cambridge University at the top and take on the students, who are also unbeaten, away from home this weekend.

Lucy Robinson bagged a brace as the second team registered a 4-1 home win over Havering in Division 1S.

She lifted the ball over the goalkeeper to open the scoring before doubling the lead with a stunning reverse-stick strike.

Anna Sydes put them further ahead with a mid-air deflection from Fiona Mulder’s shot before the visitors pulled a goal back.

Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan
Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan

The ruthless home team wrapped up the points when captain Emma Hynds netted with a thunderous effort from a short corner.

The third team were left frustrated after suffering a 2-1 defeat at Berkhamsted & Hemel Hempstead in 2SW.

Jen Pearce put them ahead from Katy Motson’s pass after Charlotte Range had a goal disallowed, but their opponents punished two moments of confusion at the back to take the spoils.

Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan
Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan

There was better fortune for the fourth team as they beat Stevenage 2-0 at home to claim their first points of the season in the same division.

They made the perfect start as Karen Jones fired them into a first-minute lead after nice play by Lizzy Roberts and Zoe Bovaird.

Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan
Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan

Zoe Barford and Paula Frenzel then combined to tee up Roberts for the hosts’ second goal in the closing stages.

The table-topping fifth team ran out 3-0 home winners against Harpenden II in 4SW.

Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan
Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan

Goalkeeper Hannah Reynolds kept them on level terms with some good saves before Marni Cochrane, Izzy Lawrence and Yolanda Notley all netted.

There was also a standout performance in the middle of the pitch from Amelia Leach.

Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan
Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan

The sixth team had to settle for a point as they were held to a 2-2 draw at Old Southendian II in 4SE.

They fell behind to a contentious goal before Elizabeth Clune bundled in an equaliser.

Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan
Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan

Vicky Cox put them ahead after the break, but, despite some fine saves by Ella Draper and plenty of good defensive work, the hosts levelled matters late on.

Lexi Baird and Scout Neville shared the player-of-the-match honours in the seventh team’s 4-0 defeat at Hertford III in 5SW.

Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan
Action from Bishop's Stortford first team's home win over Chelmsford. Pictures: Gerred Gilronan

The away team were resilient and created some notable chances, but they went home empty-handed.

The eighth team got the better of the ninth team 7-4 in an inter-club friendly.



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