EG Ladies and Men both played away on Sunday October 18th, both against Hampstead & Westminster but at different venues. Click through to find out what happened...
EG Men played Hampstead & Westminster away at Southgate looking to bounce back from last weekend's away defeat to Surbiton. Opening the scoring in the 7th minute with a first EG goal by Geronimo Clement, Hampstead were however level 6 minutes later. Hampstead steadily applied pressure and ran out 5:1 winners moving them up to third in the league table and with a game in hand over the two sides above them. Meanwhile elsewhere Beeston secured a home win against Brooklands to leapfrog EG into 4th place. This puts three sides equal on seven points in 4th, 5th and 6th place - EG in 6th. Covid appears to have impacted on the Holcombe games last weekend at Durham (postponed) and this weekend, leaving them with two games in hand so EG will be looking to get back to winning ways quickly.
Slightly closer to home, Hampstead Ladies hosted EG Ladies at Lee Valley on the 2nd pitch outside the stadium. This is a pitch with great memories for EG, as it saw the Ladies secure their promotion into the Premier League in the Playoffs in April 2015. Four players from today's squad featured in that promotion season: Courtney Hansford, Harriet Mitchell, Ruth Evans (nee Gordon) and Sophie Bray.
Courtney Hansford enjoyed her return to the ground and in the fourth minute, picked up the ball in EG's defensive 23, beat two Hampstead players in the inside left channel, squared to Bray who passed on the reverse the ball to Rayer who sent the ball goalwards from fairly close range on the post. The score remained 1:0 to EG until early in the 3rd quarter when EG was able to double the score thanks to a Rayer / Bray combination. Ellie received the ball from Courtney, peeled left and took the shot on the reverse. From the spectators' vantage point it was touch and go whether the shot was inside the post or not, but Sophie Bray was on the pst to deflect in at waist height.
The star of the day today however was Laura Myers in goal, reading opposition corners low and high and with several other great saves throughout the game. EG Ladies finished the day in top spot in the league although yet to play Loughborough (also unbeaten) who are in second place and with a game in hand.