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Naomi double sees Olton move second

TWO goals from Naomi James ensured Olton Ladies ended the first half of the season on a high.

TWO goals from Naomi James ensured Olton Ladies ended the first half of the season on a high.

Olton bounced back from a disastrous spell of results to go second in the Slazenger England Women's Premier Division with a 2-1 win over Poynton.

On 31 minutes they got a deserved breakthrough when James scored her first but Poynton equalized after the break through Helen Armishaw.

With time running out James saved the day when she scored her second through a well-worked short corner.

Elsewhere the mens first team battled back to force a 2-2 draw after twice going behind to Mansfield. Jack Mallett and Jamie Glynn chipped in with the goals to extend their unbeaten run.

JAMIE Clapham inspired Old Sils to an emphatic home win against a lack-lustre Ludlow.

Another clean sheet meant they have now gone 240 minutes without conceding at home and a title challenge looks positive.

On the back of three straight wins the hosts started the brighter of the two and Jamie Clapham fired in the first of his four goals.

Joe O'Malley added a second shortly after before Adam Bertwhiste found Clapham unmarked and he duly obliged.

After the re-start Clapham completed his hat-trick and he added his fourth when Mike Thorpe found him unmarked at the back post.

The Sils travel away to Market Drayton on tomorrow for a top-of-the-table clash.

SOLIHULL Blossomfield gave Nottingham an easy ride despite only losing 5-3.

The home side dominated early on but failed to convert the chances made after a host of poor defensive errors.

Nottingham came back into the game and scored twice from penalty corners after Bloss had needlessly squandered possession but they were rewarded when Craig Tiffany pulled one back before half time.

The second half was one of shambolic defending from the home side as they completely lost their way. Three goals within five second half minutes all but ended the game as a contest as Nottingham raced into a 5 - 1 lead.

Consolation goals from Eddie James and Tom Bates counted for nothing as Bloss slipped to another defeat.

Tomorrow they face newly-promoted Jaguar Coventry.


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