Clifton 2 Chelmsford 4
Slazenger Women's EHLPremier DivisionClifton 2 Chelmsford 4Chelmsford turned around their recent run of form with a timely win in the West Country.
Slazenger Women's EHL
Clifton 2 Chelmsford 4
Chelmsford turned around their recent run of form with a timely win in the West Country.
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Boosted by the availability of international players Lisa Wooding and Ciara O'Brien, Chelmsford started well, however it was Clifton who broke the deadlock after five minutes with a breakaway goal.
Despite this early setback, Chelmsford regained their composure and Wooding scored a top class goal with a reverse stick shot from the top of the D to level the scores.
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Clifton started to lose their discipline and it was no surprise when Clifton were reduced to ten players following a yellow card for a rash tackle made on Tracy Willmore.
Chelmsford took full advantage whilst Clifton were a player short and Becky Alltree put the Essex side in the lead in the 20th minute.
Following their second goal, the visitors had total control of the game and increased their advantage to 3-1 when Becky Alltree scored her second of the match.
With the forward line being led by Lyn Bollington, Chelmsford continued to create several goal scoring chances, with Kate Maxey going close on two occasions.
At the other end, Clifton were denied a certain goal from a penalty corner strike when goalkeeper Helen Fagg made a brilliant one handed save.
The break for the interval did not disrupt the flowing play of Chelmsford and they continued to have control of the match.
Following good attacking play down the right, Willmore supplied the perfect cross for striking partner Bollington to flick into the Clifton goal.
Clifton were unable to impose any authority on the game but still posed a threat with their fast counter attacks.
Following a head injury to a Clifton player, the home team did well to regain their composure and, in the 60th minute, they converted a penalty corner.
Unfazed by this, Chelmsford continued to have the greater possession and created several more chances to score but were unable to add to the final score line of 4-2.
Chelmsford thoroughly deserved this victory but know that their next opponents, Bowdon Hightown, will offer a much sterner test for their defence.
Bowdon are the current league leaders and have yet to be beaten. The match starts at 2pm on Saturday at Chelmer Park.
The following day Chelmsford travel up the A12 for an away league fixture against local rivals Ipswich.