Livvy Smerdon scores as Bishop's Stortford held to 1-1 draw with City of Peterborough in East Women's Hockey League, Premier Division
Bishop's Stortford conceded a late equaliser as they drew 1-1 at home to East Women's League, Premier Division title rivals City of Peterborough on Saturday.
Stortford – who had beaten Cambridge University 3-0 the previous week thanks to goals from Abbie Barrett, Livvy Smerdon and Kate Robinson – were slow out of the blocks, and the quicker and more penetrative Peterborough forward line caused havoc in the early stages.
Twice the visitors spurned easy chances before table-topping Stortford applied some pressure of their own and, from their second short corner, a well-worked move saw Barrett put in Smerdon for the opening goal.
Stortford then missed two great opportunities themselves before Peterborough came back into the game and forced Ali Martyn to make several good saves, including a stick save under the crossbar.
Despite the tireless efforts of Robinson and Imogen Basavaraj, who were both outstanding, the visitors gained the momentum and deservedly equalised with just five minutes remaining.
Stortford are three points clear of second-placed Norwich City while Peterborough, who began the day in second, are five points adrift in fourth.
"Awful conditions made the game very difficult, but to concede a goal so near the end makes the draw seem like a defeat," said coach Nick Prowse.
"We had too many of our players not on their A game and Peterborough were very tough opponents who are clearly going to be title contenders themselves."