Winscombe Ladies lose their unbeaten record

PUBLISHED: 11:55 24 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:55 24 October 2018

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Winscombe Ladies met their match away at Yeovil & Sherborne, with the home side netting six times.

Yeovil & Sherborne Ladies 6

Winscombe Ladies 0

It’s fair to say that after an almost unbeaten season last season, and a so far, unbeaten newly-promoted season, that Winscombe Ladies met their match on Saturday.

Having been warned that Yeovil & Sherborne Ladies (Y&S) were physical, they did not receive the memo about protective clothing.

Y&S came out hard and although expected, the Winscombe ladies weren’t quite prepared for it.

The visitors spent most of the first half trying to find their feet and regain space and composure and defending against a ferocious onslaught.

Some spectacular saves by captain and goalkeeper Kate Dennis kept out the home side, but persistence paid off and with 30 seconds to go in the first half Y&S put away a short corner.

Following a positive and motivational team talk from the Dennis and Caroline Marsh, Winscombe went out into the sunshine looking for a win.

The second half proved to be tough, the team put up a great fight with some strong moves out of defence (Caroline Marsh, Leanne Gardener, Hannah Preston), some excellent pockets of play in the midfield from Hannah Taylor, Michelle Isgar-Withers, Holly Tyson and Imogen Marsh, and some really skilled attacking moves from Gabby Richardson, Tia Craig and Elsa Greed in the forward line up.

Sarah Holland even managed some calm and controlled play amongst the melee delivering some strong crosses and runs from the middle.

But Winscombe could not hold out and once Y&S scored another the goals just kept coming. Despite the fantastic all-round battling put up by the Winscombe, Y&S eventually scored six.

Player of the match was goalkeeper Kate Dennis.

Winscombe Ladies defend a corner. Picture: Trevor Pearce.

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