Perfect ladies storm to the top as winning run goes on

Eastbourne Ladies on the attack
Eastbourne Ladies on the attack

Eastbourne Ladies Hockey Club racked up their fifth win on the bounce to secure top spot in South Division 3B.

Basement side Barnes were the latest team to feel the full force of Eastbourne’s ruthless attack as they found themselves up against it from the off.

Hannah Collins and Katie Hilsbob directed proceedings from the back, while Sharon Clay and Claire Noble created chance after chance.

After Clay opened the scoring, Steph Black found Clay in another dangerous position to tee up Katie Love who hit the ball into the corner on the run.

Despite going two goals in front, Eastbourne made life hard for themselves and they failed to increase their lead before the break.

That would change after half-time, though, as they re-asserted their passing game on the hosts. They were awarded a short corner and Hannah Williams was well placed to turn in at the far post.

Barnes refused to give up and showed their speed to intercept on numerous occasions but the home side, who have just a point all season, failed to test keeper Kat Winch.

Petch Wahn and Nat Boyd kept the hosts guessing and Sally Clarke’s unrivalled work rate meant Eastbourne carved out more opportunities.

The pressure eventually told and after an amazing v-drag run, Hilsbob fired home from the top of the D.

With time running out, attention turned to a clean sheet and with one last push to increase the advantage, Eastbourne earned another short corner.

Love unleashed, it was dragged high, the keeper parried onto the crossbar and Williams was there again to mop up and finish.

Williams’s efforts saw her awarded the man-of-the-match trophy and she’ll look to continue her fine form in a tricky looking tie this Saturday. Eastbourne travel to Basingstoke, who have also won all of their league games this season.