Festive break yeilds little change

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Combination’s Ladies division after the top three all won on Sunday morning.

St John 6, Grouville 1: A scrappy first half produced only one goal when an indirect free kick from Helen Warren was blocked on the goal line and Kerrie Buesnel followed up to crash the ball into the roof of the net.St John, who fielded only ten players, found the going hard against determined tackling from an improved Grouville making it difficult for them to play their usual fluent game.The home team started the second half brightly with Nicki Carcel hitting home from 25 yards after a minute.Buesnel then doubled her tally for the season with a fine shot from the edge of the penalty area before Carcel increased St John’s lead after good work from Anette Vangan.St John’s pushed upfield and were caught on the break by Danielle Hill who carried the ball from the half-way line before finishing well into a corner.Carcel immediately extended St John’s lead with a right-foot drive before Vangan, playing her last game before leaving the Island, struck an unstoppable left-foot shot into the roof of the net.First Tower 3, St Clement 0: A well-contested and enjoyable game with Tower having the majority of possession to force their opponents back.

Tower passed the ball well but they were repeatedly denied by some fine saves from Saints goalkeeper Krystle Matthews.

Tower’s goals were scored by Jodie Botterill (two) and Kerry Sauvage.Jersey Wanderers 2, Rozel Rovers 6: A physical game as both sides were keen to start 2004 with a win.

Rozel dominated much of the first half and Suzanne Rosser opened the scoring after latching on to a neatly-placed pass by Jemma Daniel.Rosser went on to complete a hat-trick and add a fourth before half time; finishing all the chances she was provided with including a one-on-one with the goalkeeper.Wanderers pulled a couple of goals back only for Rozel to restore their four-goal cushion as Dee Byrne finished off an excellent passing move and then Jo Jones converting a Rosser corner to maintain the Rovers’ title challenge.St Peter 12, St Brelade 0: Despite facing the daunting task of playing the champions with only seven players, St Brelade turned in a dogged performance in a sporting game.Jo Fuller opened the scoring for St Peter before Lynette Le Gresley grabbed a hat-trick.

Gill Burnett, in goal for the visitors, pulled off many fine saves but Michaela Dawson and Sarah Gavey also scored before the break.St Brelade defended resolutely and Naomi Gibaut played well in her new position at centre half alongside Philippa Symons.Karen Caygill scored a brace at the start of the second half with Fuller taking another.

Nina Woods, who was creative in midfield, converted a chance before Gavey and Le Gresley added to their totals.Caroline Duggan and Claire White worked hard on the wings for the visitors with Chrissie Lawlor and Susan Stewart performing tirelessly in midfield.

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