Flawless North Notts Ladies are flying at top of table

GOAL! -- Amy Butler fires home North Nottss fourth goal from a short corner in the 4-1 victory at Towcester in the Midland Womens Hockey league.

GOAL! -- Amy Butler fires home North Nottss fourth goal from a short corner in the 4-1 victory at Towcester in the Midland Womens Hockey league.

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An early fright failed to knock North Notts Ladies off course as they extended their flawless start to the season with a fourth consecutive victory in the Midland Women’s Hockey league.

Travelling to play Towcester Ladies in Northamptonshire, North Notts conceded an early goal thanks to a defensive mistake. But they recovered to triumph 4-1 to stay top of the First Division with a maximum haul of points.

The blunder stemmed from a poor pass and poor control that enabled the hosts to nip in, pinch the ball and score past a stranded ‘keeper. But it seemed to wake North Notts up and they were soon level when Gemma Jackson won a short corner after an aggressive dribble and Lil Robinson slotted the ball home.

Robinson struck again, from another penalty corner, two minutes into the second half to give the visitors the lead. And the next two goals came from Amy Butler, whose attacking flair was deservedly rewarded to top a dominant second-half performance by her side.

Coach Paul Hamnett says he has been extremely pleased by North Notts’s start to the campaign and hopes their form continues in the coming weeks. This Saturday’s game is a tough one at home to third-placed Leek Ladies (11 am).

IN the Notts League, North Notts Ladies 2nd suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to Redhill Ladies, leaving them waiting for their first points of the Premier Division season. The third team won 2-0 at Boots 4th in Division Two, while the fourth team crashed 7-0 to Trent University 2nd in Division Four.