Fada­gio’s tre­ble the cat­a­lyst for victory

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Classified -

FOLKE­STONE Op­ti­mists Ladies moved up to sec­ond in the East League Divi­sion 1 South ta­ble with a 6-4 victory at strug­gling Gravesend on Satur­day.

How­ever, they made hard work of their suc­cess and in fact found them­selves a goal be­hind early on.

But this pro­voked a quick re­sponse from Ops, with good work by Kate Dolan and Lucy Delbridge set­ting up a clin­i­cal fin­ish by Janet Fada­gio.

Soon af­ter Fada­gio broke through again and her fierce shot put Ops in front.

Then, af­ter Gravesend had a good looking short cor­ner goal dis­al­lowed, Folke­stone made it 3-1 at the break when Polly Wit­tle­ton de­flected a cross into the path of Lucy An­der­son and she slipped the ball home from close range.

In the first 15 min­utes of the sec­ond half Ops pro­duced their best hockey of the game.

Fada­gio com­pleted her hat­trick from a cross by An­der­son, Wit­tle­ton pounced on a loose ball in the D to shoot home, and Nikki Tim­mins walked the ball into the net at a short cor­ner to make it 6-1.

How­ever, Ops then pro­duced some com­pla­cent de­fend­ing to al­low Gravesend to score three more times be­fore the fi­nal whis­tle.

Ops travel to third-bot­tom Old Loughto­ni­ans 2nd on Satur­day.

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