Winscombe edged out by Clifton Robinson

PUBLISHED: 16:15 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 09 February 2018

Sidmouth and Ottery A at home to Okehampton. Ref shsp 08-17TI 7458. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth and Ottery A at home to Okehampton. Ref shsp 08-17TI 7458. Picture: Terry Ife

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Winscombe first XI were edged out by the odd goal in three when they hosted Clifton Robinson’s 3rd XI in a fast-paced top-of-the-table clash.

Both teams settled quickly and seemed evenly matched in skill and strength with possession evenly distributed for the first 20 minutes.

Unfortunately Winscombe conceded first when an interception from Clifton’s quick skilful forward resulted in a one on one with keeper Kate Walker who lifted it over her sliding block into the goal.

Winscombe quickly answered back with forwards Sarah Holland, Tia Craig and Hannah Coogan consistently putting Clifton’s defence under pressure and a cross into the D found Coogan, who slapped the ball into the back of the goal levelling the score.

Winscombe upped their intensity with strong work throughout the midfield by Kelly Clarke, Imogen Marsh and Hannah Preston. This pressure paid off and Winscombe won a series of short corners which they were unlucky not to convert.

Clifton scored again with another turnover of possession which scrambled the Winscombe defence and allowed Clifton’s forward an free taking them into the second half 2-1 up.

Winscombe continued to battle hard throughout the second half with good transfer throughout the defence of Chloe Brown, Leanne Gardner and Charlie Phillips who recycled the ball tirelessly. Mish Isgar and Holly Tyson skilfully picked the ball, dispossessing Clifton and worked the ball up to the forwards. Despite all Winscombe’s hard work this was not destined to be their day and the game ended with no further score.

Joint player of the match were Tia Craig and Sarah Holland.

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