Three for Hunt as Bekker drives fine team display

Alex Green

Sudbury 2-4 Tunbridge Wells Ladies

A decisive away win was registered by Tunbridge Wells Hockey Club Ladies’ first team, who overcame determined hosts Sudbury on Saturday.

Starting strongly, the West Kent visitors scored quickly from an early direct penalty corner strike from the team’s captain, Jen Hunt.

The lead was short-lived as Sudbury almost immediately equalised through a speedy counter-attack.

Recovering quickly, Wells, who have been performing strongly in the East Region Hockey League Division 1 South, kept their heads up.

There was great work in particular from Perdi Knight, making her first-team debut, in the middle.

She managed to work through Sudbury’s line of defence and slipped the ball through to Ana Glubb, on the baseline, who dropped it back for Hunt to notch her second on the reverse.

The half closed with a fantastic strike from Nella Bekker into the top left corner which was ruled out, as the umpire judged that the half time whistle had blown before the ball crossed the line.

Early in the second half, Jess Begg worked her way skilfully into the D before slipping the ball to Hunt, who lifted the ball over the keeper to record a fantastic hat-trick.

Sudbury came back fighting and managed to cut the deficit back to just one with a short corner goal.

Fortunately Wells’ player of the match, Bekker, notched the goal she deserved with a strike from the top of the D to round off a good win and a fine team performance that puts Wells fourth in the table.

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