Determind defensive effort gains Colney Heath a point against leaders Cambridge

Colney Heath Ladies' Annie Hickey.

Colney Heath Ladies' Annie Hickey. - Credit: Archant

Colney Heath Ladies and Cambridge City proved there is still little between them after playing out a 0-0 draw in the Eastern Region Women’s Premier Division.

The sides had both been promoted last year but Cambridge have gone from strength to strength this year, leading the way in the table.

The Magpies included new signing Karina Dinnall in the squad but were again shorn of substitutes due to unavailability.

With only one recognised defender in the squad in Rebecca Fhalora, central midfielders Annie Hickey, Lucy Hancock and Sammy May lined up alongside her in the back four and the quartet had to be alert from the first whistle as Cambridge quickly settled into their stride.

But the organisation was impeccable and laid the foundations for a solid display.

So good was it that goalkeeper Amy Mullett wasn’t tested in the first half while at the other end Adi Milton’s pressure gave CJ Wakefield plenty of sniffs at goal.

The second half began a lot like the first, Cambridge settling into their rhythm but again rarely threatening Mullett.

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Nic Hollick had the best chance in the early stages for Colney Heath but sent her shot narrowly wide from a May corner.

As the half wore on, Cambridge began to turn the screw but they continued to find the Magpies defence in outstanding form.

Hickey in particular shone and her player of the match award might hint at a new career as a centre-half.

Dinnall, playing her first game of football in two years, also grew into the game, and alongside Milton, the pair were an ever-present threat on the flanks, causing plenty of headaches for the two Cambridge full-backs.

The final few minutes saw Cambridge throw more and more bodies forward to try and take advantage of Heath’s tired legs.

But if anything this galvanised the Magpies and it was the hosts who created the better chances to take all three points.

Megan Kelly shot just wide, Milton also went close and the Cambridge goalkeeper had to make an unbelievable save from Wakefield in a one-on-one situation in the final moments.

It was a thoroughly-deserved point and the Magpies will look to build on that when they travel to Royston Town in the League Cup on Sunday, December 10.