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VP&TH prove they're a second-half team!

PUBLISHED: 15:45 31 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:29 05 October 2010

FOOTBALL has always been the sport of two halves, but after last Saturday s comeback at Mile End Stadium, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets ladies might think that athletics is another sport where a similar outcome is possible. Certainly in the early stages o

FOOTBALL has always been the sport of two halves, but after last Saturday's comeback at Mile End Stadium, Victoria Park & Tower Hamlets ladies might think that athletics is another sport where a similar outcome is possible.

Certainly in the early stages of their home match in the Southern League womens Div 2 South, a home victory looked decidedly unlikely as VP&TH trailed both Newham & Essex Beagles and Ipswich AC.

In fact, after a dozen events, the hosts were languishing in third place. But a double in the girls under 15s hurdle events and a couple of more maximum point hauls and VP&TH staged a magnificent recovery that saw them win nearly all the events in the second-half of the meeting.

"We had a number of depletions going into the match, even though it was at home,'' said delighted team manager Alf Vickers.

"But after about 12 events, we were able to field competitors and good competitors at that, in all the events and we won almost all of them.''

VP&TH won all three relays and had a clean sweep in the hurdles events.

The recovery wasn't without its heroines. Amanda Ranger won three events - the long jump, triple jump and 100m hurdles and was a member of both winning relay teams.

At the under 15 girls level, Stephanie Steele-Boyce won a sprint double, while Selina Swaby Constantine was another triple winner at the younger age group.

One VP&TH competitor - 16-year-old Brogan Percy travels up from her home in the Isle of Wight to compete in a VP&TH vest wherever required and she was victorious in the 400 metres.

Now VP&TH go to the final meeting at Braintree on August 30, leading by 22 points from Ipswich, after three meetings. They came second at both Cambridge and Ipswich and have now won their home meeting.

Says Alf Vickers: "We would hope to have a full squad for Braintree and could even have Perri Shakes-Drayton in the team, if there are no prior commitments. We have never competed in the second tier of British ladies league athletics and we don't intend to falter now.''

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