Trojans ladies twice took first half penalty corner leads before Wimbledon snatched a late 3-2 penalty stroke winner in an absorbing Investec Women’s League National South 1 affair at Stoneham Lane.
They were largely ineffective with their short corner routines last season, but there was a distinct fluidity about the way, initially Maddie Pendle and Jill Toombs converted chances which gave Trojans a 2-1 interval advantage.
In between times, Wimbledon’s mounting pressure grew and it was no surprise when, after a spate of fine stops by AJ Jenkins [pictured left], Great Britain Olympic Gold medalist Crista Cullen put the SW19 girls on level terms.
Trojans forced three successive penalty corners early in the second half, but so too did Wimbledon, probably forcing upwards of a dozen set pieces before Fiona Semple made it 2-2 from a stroke.
Trojans fought hard to hold on in the closing stages, but Wimbledon’s pressure eventually paid off when Semple repeated her penalty prowess to grab Wimbledon’s late winner.
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