Winscombe Ladies keep their promotion hopes alive with narrow victory

PUBLISHED: 14:53 22 November 2017

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Winscombe Ladies kept their promotion hopes alive with a narrow victory over Bridgwater.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 2

Bridgwater Ladies 1st XI 1

With the teams around them dropping points, it was important Winscombe capitalised to keep their promotion challenge alive.

The game started at a fast pace with both teams trying get the upper hand. Winscombe absorbed the early pressure with a new-look back line of Leanne Gardener, Michelle Isgar and Julie O’Sullivan making some vital tackles.

Once they settled, Winscombe started to play their own game and the midfield of Kelly Clarke, Sarah Holland, Imogen Marsh and Hannah Preston played some lovely one-two hockey to feed the ball up to forwards Gabby Richardson, Vonnie Rendall and Hannah Coogan.

The breakthrough came when the ball was played out of defence to Clarke who played a great ball which was met and deflected by Coogan into the path of Tia Craig, who slipped the ball past the keeper.

Winscombe kept the pressure on and after a shot on goal by Craig was stopped on the line by a Bridgwater foot, Holly Tyson calmly stepped up and slotted the penalty flick past the keeper.

Right on half time, Bridgwater converted a penalty corner.

In the second half Winscombe continued to push for a third goal, but the Bridgwater defence were up to the task. Bridgwater themselves were after an equaliser, forcing Winscombe captain and keeper Kate Dennis to make a number of good saves to keep her team ahead, sealing the win and all three points.

Player of the match was Hannah Preston.

Taunton Civil Service 1st XI 6

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 0

The seconds with a player short, gave a determined effort against Taunton Civil Service, before losing 6-0.

Good play by Jasmine Honour, Georgie Savage, Tia Rendall, plus team support allowed Winscombe to make a good first impression, with three short corners being awarded. Despite best efforts from players such as Claudia King and Lucy Knapman, no goals were scored.

Just before half time, Taunton broke Winscombe’s defensive line with a reverse stick hit straight into the backboard of the goal.

The second half saw Taunton have several shots on goal which were saved by Elaina Teare in the Winscombe goal. Despite best efforts from midfielder Anya Lawrence and defenders Laura Harvey, Amelia Bourton and Michelle Clarke-McCulloch, Taunton broke through several more times and finished their chances well.

Old Bristolians 4th XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 8

With two players making their third team debuts and a few experienced players unavailable, the third recorded an impressive 8-0 victory at Old Bristolians.

Helen Sinclair opened up the scoring for Winscombe and the first of her five goals and player of the match winning performance.

Old Bristolian’s kept trying to attack, but the Winscombe defenders of Georgina Glossop, Emma Whitehead and Steph Osmant kept them at bay.. One attack saw Maddy Bawden work with Dulcie Glossop who went on to score Winscombe’s second goal.

Ella Hutchinson combined with Gail Izzard and Isabel Morgan to set up Sinclair for her to score, with Winscombe 3-0 up at the break.

Straight from the restart of the second half Sinclair scored her fourth, closely followed by Winscombe’s fifth, this time scored by Katy Mackay, on her third team debut.

Winscombe’s seventh goal was scored by Sinclair to complete her five-goal haul, with the final goal by scored by Mackay.

White Eagles 3rd XI 2

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 0

Winscombe fourths returned from White Eagles defeated, but gave a great effort throughout.

The first pass back from Lottie Gunter saw Winscombe work the ball up the middle of the pitch through Sharon Morris and Lauren Tyrell, but Flo Wring was thwarted by the experienced White Eagles defence.

White Eagles scored their first after numerous attempts were held up by Evie Puddy, Sarah Johnson and Amy Cheeseborough.

A great hit out from Cheeseborough found Vicky Look, who passed to player of the match Gill Harvey, who found Wring again, but her powerful strike went a whisker wide of the goal.

After the break, White Eagles had numerous shots on goal which were cleared confidently by Kat Dee in the Winscombe goal, helped by Ellie Cooke.

Winscombe were unable to convert from two short corners, but the hosts scored from a deflection at the post to secure victory.

Winscombe Ladies 5th XI 0

Mendip Ladies 3rd XI 6

This was a tough game for a young and inexperienced fifth team, playing top of the league Mendip.

Winscombe’s defensive line of Sophie Manning, Anna Littlewood and Christina Ford had to react quickly to repel the attacks, but keeper Vicki Pagett was soon picking the ball out the back of the net after going 2-0 down.

Once Winscombe had settled and found their own rhythm, Abbey Bewley, Erin Watkins and player of the match Faye Carney started to boss the midfield areas to great effect while Tilly Graham and Lydia Hodge were both unlucky in front of goal.

The second half continued in the same vein, with Ford and Michelle Ho holding possession well. Winscombe’s resistance was soon worn down as Mendip upped their game to score a further four goals.

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