Epsom regain ladder lead; Colts United and Eaglehawk draw

A HAT-TRICK of goals from Epsom star Tara Thomas has helped the Scorpions bounce back to the top of the Bendigo Amateur Soccer League women’s championship ladder.

The Scorpions defeated Moama-Echuca Border Raiders 5-2 at Epsom Huntly Recreation Reserve on Sunday, regaining top spot in the process.

They had slipped to second following last week’s loss to Shepparton United.

But a stirring performance against the Border Raiders, combined with United not playing due to the bye, was enough for the Scorpions to claim the league lead via goal difference.

That could change from now until the end of the season, with United still having four games to play and Epsom only three.

The Scorpions will likely face a nervous wait with a bye scheduled in the final round.

Epsom’s goal haul was aided by singles to Elizabeth Watkins and Paige Gordon, while Cameron Yeates and Lily Kettle were the scorers for the Border Raiders.

Thomas’ hat-trick gives her 25 goals for the season, one ahead of teammate Watkins.

A pair of goals to Ally Van Dalen helped Spring Gully United to their second consecutive win and third overall.

The Reds defeated Swan Hill 2-1, with Van Dalen first putting her side ahead 1-0 in the 20th minute before later breaking a tie with her second in the match in the 67th minute.

Kimberely Phelan was the lone goal scorer for Swan Hill.

Shepparton South took advantage of Moama-Echuca’s loss to snatch third-spot following a 1-0 win over Golden City.

It took South until the 81st minute to break the deadlock, with Chelsea Clarke scoring the sealer.

It’s been a good few weeks for Clarke, who scored two goals the previous week against Swan Hill.

Colts United and Eaglehawk had a 2-2 draw, with Rebecca Berry (United) and Maika Ruyter-Hooley (Eaglehawk) both scoring a double. Berry’s haul gives her 23 goals for the season.

Shepparton United and Strathdale had byes.

In next week’s games, Strathdale hosts Epsom at Beischer No. 1, Shepparton South and Shepparton United clash at McEwen Reserve, Golden City travels to Swan Hill, and Spring Gully United and Colt United clash at Stanley Avenue.