ROSS Juniors Ladies finished top of the Herefordshire FA Women’s League after dropping just two points during their 18 matches.

Ross were formidable opponents netting 75 league goals, led by top scorer Beatrise Zuka who netted 18 goals in 13 appearances.

The only team to stop their onslaught was Penybont United Ladies who held them to a 2-2 draw in the final weeks of the season.

Penybont finished second in the campaign eight points behind the runaway leaders after losing just two league games.

Completing the top three sides were Westfields Ladies who secured their position with a 4-0 victory against Marden.

Hay St Mary’s suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat on the road at Marden Fusion in their latest Herefordshire FA Women’s League fixture on Wednesday evening.

Marden Fusion picked up their third victory of the season in the final run-in when they ran out 3-2 winners against higher graded Hay St Mary’s

The Saints had impressed during their recent derby defeat at home to Penybont United seven days earlier.

However, the Forest Road outfit were missing a number of players as they headed to a home team that had strengthened their squad after signing a number of players from higher-graded Ludlow Town.

Marden had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the 15th minute but saw a penalty come back off an upright.

Hay St Mary’s were not so fortunate 60 seconds later, however, when they lost possession in their opponent’s half of the pitch and that counter-attack led to the opening goal from Grace Phillips.

The Saints were back on level terms in the 31st minute when Kirsty Rea fired a 25-yard rocket into the bottom corner of Di Feely’s goal.

Marden regained the lead in first-half stoppage time when a low was converted from close range by Carly Richards.

The Saints made a strong start to the second-half as they created a number of good scoring opportunities but were unable to consistently test the reflexes of Feely.

The visitors were eventually punished for their profligacy, as they looked to push forward in search of an equalising goal, when a 79th minute free-kick into the penalty area was not cleared by the Hay St Mary’s defence and Phillips netted her second goal from close range. The Breconshire club halved the deficit four minutes later when the experienced Lucy Belcher swept home the ball from the edge of the penalty area after the Marden defence failed to clear another attack from the Saints.

That goal created an exciting finish in the gathering gloom and Sophie Combstock nearly netted an equaliser in the 99th minute but placed her shot agonisingly wide of the near post following an inviting cross from out on the right flank.