Tudors down table-topping Eastbourne

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Hemel Town Ladies 1 Eastbourne Ladies 0

A HARD fought Tudors victory over top of the table Eastbourne moved them up to second spot in the league.

After last week’s away win at Wimbledon, Hemel were full of confidence and made a bright start to the game in glorious playing conditions.

The first chance for the hosts arrived after 20 minutes as a terrific free-kick from Kayleigh Baker was met by an equally impressive save from the Eastbourne keeper.

The chances continued to arrive for Hemel and, minutes later, Suzy Read was through on goal but struck her effort straight at the visitors’ stopper.

Eastbourne, though, are top for a reason and their constant attacks at the other end kept Hemel’s defence busy for most of the first half.

The restart saw Eastbourne continue to press forward and camp in the Hemel half, but a combination of top defending and goalkeeping from Ruth Gorin kept them out.

It wasn’t until three minutes from the end that the decisive goal finally arrived.

A Charlene Turturici through-ball found Mickey Taylor, and the hat-trick hero from the week before fired home from 30 yards, leaving the Eastbourne keeper helpless.

Next up for the Tudors is another tough home game, at home to third-placed Chichester.

Chichester will be looking to regain second spot from the Tudors.