Portishead Ladies head the table

PUBLISHED: 09:11 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 12 October 2017

Shannon Holloway on the attack during the match between Portishead Town Ladies vs. Cheltenham Town Dev on 8th October2017 at Bristol Road, Portishead, North Somerset during the 2017 / 2018 Season.

Shannon Holloway on the attack during the match between Portishead Town Ladies vs. Cheltenham Town Dev on 8th October2017 at Bristol Road, Portishead, North Somerset during the 2017 / 2018 Season.

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Portishead Ladies are the league leades following their fourth victory of the season against Cheltenham Town.

Portishead Town Ladies moved to the top of the league following their fourth win of the season, defeating Cheltenham Town Ladies 3-2.

Shannon Holloway scored two goals in a one-sided first half, the first following a strong run from distance and smashing the ball past the Cheltenham keeper.

The second came from a flowing move from back to front with Ruby Lowe passing to Holloway to finish neatly. In the 65th minute, Portishead’s third came from a Holloway cross to give Michelle Venton a tap-in at the back post.

Portishead sat back and gave Cheltenham more of the ball which they used to good effect, resulting in two late goals for the visitors and led to a nervy last few minutes to the match.

Robert John Hairdressing player of the match was awarded to Imogen Fisher.

Third in the league Portishead Town Ladies Reserves travelled to second-placed Cheddar in what was anticipated to be close match.

Portishead had the majority of possession in the first half with Catherine Evans, Aimee Falla and Eloise Hubbard creating the chances, with the Cheddar goalkeeper denying each shot.

The second half saw Portishead gear up for the much-needed win, with Ellie Howard scoring her first of the afternoon early on, closely followed by a second. Ellie Purle made some strong runs through the Cheddar defence, but was denied by the Cheddar keeper.

Cheddar kept battling for a goal, hitting the crossbar in the second half, but failed to convert a goal through the strong defence of Alice Kerr, Gemma Bryant and Vic Wright and a clean sheet was maintained from the two keepers, Chloe Fensome and Fiona Hull.

Evans made a fast run and finished with a shot in to the bottom corner to make it 3-0, with Howard completing her hat-trick close to the end. The Robert John Hairdressing player of the match went to Ellie Howard for her second hat-trick in two games.

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