Hampstead & Westminster Ladies return to winning ways with five-goal haul against Ipswich

Hayley Turner struck twice for Hampstead & Westminster. Pic: Mark Clews

Hayley Turner struck twice for Hampstead & Westminster. Pic: Mark Clews - Credit: Archant

Hayley Turner struck twice as Hampstead Ladies bounced back from three successive defeats to beat Ipswich 5-3 at Paddington Recreation Ground and climb to third in the Conference East.

Goals from Fleur Horner, Turner and Brodie Fairchild put the home side 3-0 up and, although they then conceded twice, Turner and Helen Cathcart put a halt to the comeback in the second half.

Hampstead started strongly are were two goals up after five minutes, with Horner firing into the bottom corner and Turner then finishing off a fine team move moments later.

The hosts’ work-rate and passing was rewarded again when Fairchild slapped the ball home from a short corner – but a lapse in concentration was punished as Ipswich hit back with two quickfire goals and narrowed the gap to 3-2 at the break.

Determined not to let their hard work go to waste and allow the victory to slip through their fingers, Hampstead scored within two minutes of the restart as Turner converted a short corner – and Cathcart extended the lead, meeting a cross with a touch in front of the keeper.

Ipswich had the last word with the final goal, but Hampstead secured their fourth victory from their opening seven league games.

Hampstead’s men were unable to emulate that feat as they lost 4-2 away against Premier Division leaders Surbiton.

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Dave Beckett fired the hosts into an early lead and, although H&W hit back as Matt Botha won a corner and drag-flick specialist Neil Hamilton tucked it away, New Zealand international Andy Hayward – who was a Hampstead player last year – restored Surbiton’s advantage.

The visitors levelled for a second time in the 29th minute through their Irish international defender Stu Loughrey.

But Hayward put Surbiton 3-2 up before half-time and, with Hampstead pushing for an equaliser in the second period, Matt Daily broke away to strike late on.