UK Women's League, Division 2, Round 2 Stevenage Sunday 4 June 2017

 

MATCH RESULT

League Points

Match

1

Sale Harriers Manchester

8

214

2

Crawley

7

213

3

Herts Phoenix AC

6

185

4

Newham & EB

5

175

5

Havering AC

4

158

6

Marshall Milton Keynes

3

157

7

Wigan Harriers

2

145

8

Reading AC

1

132

A battling fifth place finish for the UK Women’s League team leaves the squad with all to do to avoid losing their long-held Division 2 status as the team are in seventh, two points adrift of safety, with the final of the three fixtures remaining.

Lauren Deadman’s winning double provided the track highlights.  After a slow early pace in the 3000m Lauren cut loose for a clear victory over Crawley’s Hannah Brooks, but she was pushed all the way in the 1500m, only making sure of victory with her finishing kick over the same Crawley athlete. Robyn Matson provided good back up in both B string events.

The meeting had got off to a good start when Nicola Hill improved her 10-year-old career best for long jump victory and Katy Sealy won the B string for full points. Both athletes had busy afternoons. Nicola added points in both sprints and ran in both relay squads while Belize international heptathlete Katy was runner up in the shot and fourth in the javelin.  Elysha Thatcher-Gray won the B shot for her first league win and added discus points.

The hurdles added more good track points. Chloe Williams was third in the sprint hurdles in her first competitive race since her short maternity break and Flic Clarke was close to her career best in earning B string runners up place, after a season’s best in the400m hurdles, with Claire Brennan fourth in the B one lap hurdles. Claire also added high jump and vault points.  Katie Dawson was also busy, scoring in 200m, 400m and triple jump before combining with Chloe, Flic and Nicola in both relay quartets.

Faye Fullerton was fourth in the 800m A race, seasoned campaigner Nina Brennan added to the tally in the 400m, hammer and discus, and teenagers Emily James and Georgia Phillips added important points on their league debuts in the ‘chase and 800m respectively.

Team manager Tony Benton said "It was a great team result which gives us a lifeline to take into the final match at Leigh Sports Village, Lancashire next month.  Last summer we pulled off a great escape with a third place finish in the last match and we have to hope for the same again this year to overhaul one of the teams ahead of us."

Individual results

 

LEAGUE AFTER 2 OF 3

League Points

Match

1

Crawley

15

455.5

2

Sale Harriers Manchester

15

429

3

Herts Phoenix AC

11

373

4

Wigan Harriers

8

337

5

Newham & EB

8

328

6

Marshall Milton Keynes

7

316.5

7

Havering AC

5

250

8

Reading AC

3

228

Full results