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Bishop’s Stortford V beat Cheshunt 2-0 to claim East Women’s Hockey League, Division 4SW title

Bishop’s Stortford V beat Cheshunt 2-0 in a last-day top-of-the-table showdown to claim the East Women’s League, Division 4SW title.

The victory means the club’s fourth, fifth and sixth teams will all be playing Division Three hockey - in different areas - next term.

Stortford finished the season two points clear of runners-up Luton Town, who thrashed Harpenden II 9-2 to leapfrog Cheshunt into second.

The hosts had a 16-strong squad compared to their opponents’ 10, but, despite overloading in midfield, they struggled in the final third in the first half and the period ended goalless.

However, Stortford broke the deadlock early in the second half when Charlotte Turner’s shot went into the net via a deflection off a defender.

And Turner completed her brace from a short corner to wrap up the win and secure the championship trophy.

Bishop's Stortford V beat Cheshunt to secure the Division 4SW title
Bishop's Stortford V beat Cheshunt to secure the Division 4SW title

The first team sealed third place in the Premier Division thanks to a 4-1 home success over Harleston Magpies II.

It was the final game in charge for coach Nick Prowse, whose replacement will be announced in due course.

Lucy Robinson netted twice as the second team ran out 4-2 home winners over Sudbury in 1S.

Sally Powell and Fiona Mulder joined her on the score sheet while goalkeeper Liane Warnell made a crucial save as the team finished in eighth place.

The third team ended the season with a 2-1 defeat at Blueharts II as they also came eighth in 2SW.

Grace Grindrod put them ahead while Jen Pearce was named player of the match.

In the same division, the fourth team lost 3-2 at home to Welwyn Garden City as they finished bottom and suffered relegation.

Zoe Barford and Pippa Bull found the back of the net and Evie Chidgey took the player-of-the-match award.

The sixth team rounded off their title-winning 4SE campaign by coming from behind to triumph 3-1 at Colne.

Jess Ashford-Green equalised before goals from Hannah Wynne and player-of-the-match Grace McKelvey completed the turnaround.

Emma Cox fired in four goals to guide the seventh team to a 5-3 success at Broxbourne IV in 5SW.

Savannah Taylor was also on target for the visitors, who ended up in eighth position.

The under-strength eighth team suffered a 3-1 defeat in their final 6SW game of the season at Blueharts VI.

Megan Laws put them in front early on, but the fourth-placed team conceded a quick equaliser and let in two more goals after the break.

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