As the first whistle went and with Oxf*rd having the first pushback the Beds where immediately under pressure at the back. Both teams were evenly matched and it took a solid rear guard to keep the Beds away from trouble. As Cambridge settled into the game spaces seemed to open up and some lovely runs down the side-line from MOM Sarah Wooding gave the team extra firepower up high. As we approached the middle of the second half a beautiful ball came into the D from Kirsty which Sarah put away with her first touch to put Cambridge in front.
After the half time break Cambridge came out fighting from the very first whistle pushing and putting pressure onto the Mavericks defence. With the crowd very much getting into the game the fitness and determination of the Beds began to tell. Following a pressured attack and goalmouth scramble Izzy Shears managed to snake a goal after a hit from Kath Curran. There was same stoppage time as Melody Sweirs picked up an injury – but the Beds managed to hold their nerve through a tense last 10 minutes and an onslaught of shots from Oxf*rd, securing a well-earned 2-0 victory.
CUHC’s Women’s 2nd team (aka the Nomads) were the fourth match of the day. Following three wins for Cambridge the pressure was on. The team could not wait to get on to the pitch, spurred on by the fantastic support from the rest of CUHC, particularly our Men’s and Women’s Blues who come down for the whole day to passionately support the rest of the club.
The Nomads started the match very strongly with Colette Russell scoring a goal in the first five minutes. The second goal, scored by Sophie Glanfield, came off a rebound after the Oxford keeper tried to clear the ball from Oxford’s D. After halftime, the Oxford Women’s 2nd team came out harder, with a few strong counterattacks. But courtesy of some fantastic saves from Cambridge keeper Morgause Lomas, the score remained 2-0. The third and final goal was scored by Izzy Austin after another two on one with the Oxford keeper. The final score was 3-0 to Cambridge, a fantastic clash and well-deserved win for the Nomads.