NEWLY promoted Leamington Ladies continued their winning start to life in the Midlands Premier Division by bagging their third win from as many league games on Saturday against top-of-the-table Harborne.
After a tight and goalless first half, Leamington seized control and eventually broke their hosts’ resistance, first through Dani Black’s fourth goal of an already impressive season and then thanks to Sarah Gambling’s close-range finish doubling their lead.
Harborne pushed hard in the game’s final ten minutes, earning a series of penalty corners, but Leamington held firm not only to secure the win but their first clean sheet of the season too, giving them a 100 per cent start to the campaign.
The ladies’ third team also tasted victory on Saturday, their first of what has been a tough start to the season, by beating Nuneaton 2-1 at home.
Claire Pomfret opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half, while Clare Hassall doubled their lead after the break. Despite Nuneaton pulling one goal back late on, Leamington were able to hold out.
The rest of the ladies’ section had a tougher weekend though with the second team slumping to a 3-0 home defeat to the University of Birmingham, while the fourth team lost by the same score away to Hampton-in-Arden.
In the men’s section, there was no game for the first team while the second team were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Barton but the third team were hammered 11-1 at home to Streetly.