Chelmsford 2 Ipswich 2

Slazenger England Women's LeaguePremier DivisionChelmsford 2 Ipswich 2WITH Chelmsford already relegated and Ipswich in the play-offs the last Slazenger EHL Premier League game of the season was all about local pride and preparing for the play-offs for Ipswich.

Slazenger England Women's League

Premier Division

Chelmsford 2 Ipswich 2

WITH Chelmsford already relegated and Ipswich in the play-offs the last Slazenger EHL Premier League game of the season was all about local pride and preparing for the play-offs for Ipswich.


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Chelmsford had the best early chance from a goalmouth scramble but Ipswich's teenage rising star Annabelle Driver cleared the ball off the line. Any goal line save is memorable but for Driver this was also her first ever touch of the ball in her Premier League debut, giving her a fantastic moment to remember!

It took until the 31st minute for the deadlock to be broken and it was fitting that it was scored by Kirsten Spencer in her last ever National League game. A quick improvisation from a short corner saw her place the ball past the keeper to give Ipswich the lead going into half time.

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The Suffolk side should have taken this momentum into the start of the second half but it was the home team that took the initiative. Bringing the scores level on the 37th minute.

The game continued to produce scrappy hockey with neither side retaining possession of the ball long enough to control the match. Despite not playing well Ipswich took the lead again, another short corner routine, this time scored by Emma Lee-Smith, her sixth goal of the season.

Again Ipswich should have killed off the game but Chelmsford were determined to end their disappointing season on a high and they grabbed an equaliser with two minutes left.

It was a frustrating result for Ipswich but it is a good reminder that they have four weeks of hard work ahead of them to find the right level for the play-offs.

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