Winscombe Ladies register another league victory

PUBLISHED: 17:43 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:43 03 October 2017

Winscombe Ladies 5th team.

Winscombe Ladies 5th team.

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Winscombe Ladies clocked up their second league victory in two weeks, with a comfortable win over Firebrands.

Firebrand Ladies 3rd XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 4

Winscombe Ladies travelled to Firebrands for their second league game of the season and came away with an excellent victory.

As soon as the whistle blew, Winscombe pressed Firebrands high up the pitch, setting up camp in their 25. The early pressure soon paid off with Winscombe winning a short corner which was expertly converted with a reverse flick shot from Kelly Clark.

Strong play throughout the midfield from Holly Tyson, Mischelle Isgar and Imogen Marsh ensured that Firebrands remained pinned into their defensive half, with any breakthrough balls being swiftly dealt with by Charlie Phillips, Leanne Gardiner and Chloe Brown in Winscombe’s defensive line.

Winscombe’s second goal again came from a short corner, smoothly dragged out by Hannah Taylor to Tyson, whose flick forced the Firebrands keeper to deflect the ball into the path of Taylor, who slotted the ball home.

In the second half, Firebrands came out stronger and Winscombe sustained a five-minute period of pressure. A quick ball to Firebrands high player resulted in keeper Kate Walker having to make a crucial save.

Winscombe regained composure, returning to their early form and a fine move from the back through to the forwards resulted in Clark’s second goal of the match. Winscombe forwards Tia Craig, Sarah Holland and Gabby Richardson continued to hold the ball in the visitor’s half which resulted in a goal from Clark, making the final score line 4-0.

Player of the match was Holly Tyson.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 2

Sidmouth & Ottery 2nd XI 1

The match started with both sides trying to keep possession until Winscombe gained the advantage in the middle of the park.

The ball was fed out to Cara Ellis who crossed into the goal area where, after a bit of a scramble, Tia Rendall netted for Winscombe’s opener.

The second half started off slowly with Winscombe having to soak up pressure from Sidmouth before a piece of magical play put Winscombe two goals ahead. A clearance from defence was picked up by Hannah Preston and passed out to player of the match Cara Ellis.

She brilliantly drove the ball down the right side and put in a superb goalmouth cross for Vonnie Rendall to connect first time and put the ball past the keeper.

Winscombe showed their strength and team work, when, due to two injuries and no subs, they went down to nine players and had to soak up the pressure to hold Sidmouth at bay before returning to a full team after a frantic 10 minutes.

A well-taken short corner brought Sidmouth back into the game, but Winscombe showed a fighting team spirit to hold on for the win.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 1

Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI 2

Playing Nailsea who were promoted as runners-up with Winscombe last season, it was always likely to be an even match.

Winscombe opened the scoring when Isobel Morgan’s base line runs and cross was converted by Olivia Dilly.

The first half was frantic at times, which resulted in the defensive line of Sarah Johnson, Emma Whitehead and Helen Sinclair working hard with keeper Elainna Teare.

In the second half, midfielders Georgie Savage, player of the match Maddy Bawden, Gail Izzard and Shirley Hartshorne made good use of the quick supply of ball, but Dilly, Matthews and Morgan we unable to add to the Winscombe scoreline.

Nailsea kept working hard and managed to convert a short corner and with 10 minutes to go scored a second to take the three points.

White Eagles Ladies 2nd XI 4

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 0

A depleted fourth team travelled to Tiverton to face a tough White Eagles team and were well beaten.

Winscombe were put under pressure from the off and solid defending from Gill Harvey, player of the match Steph Osmant and Georgina Glossop were called into play before the swift Tiverton attack slotted the ball past stand-in goalie Kat Dee.

From the restart, Harvey, Caroline Glossop, Anya Lawrence and Hannah Glossop worked hard, but Eagles scored a second after a counter attack. The visitors hit back when Harvey released Haniya Jarman who linked up well with Lynsey Lawrence to force a short corner.

Tiverton replied with an excellent third goal, tucking the ball just inside the near post despite the hard work of Osmant and Caroline Glossop.

The second half started with some solid Winscombe possession and both Jarman and Lynsey Lawrence came close with some great shots. Unfortunately, Winscombe conceded a final goal before closing out the game with some solid stops from Dee in goal.

Bristol Bluebirds 1st XI 7

Winscombe Ladies 5th XI 2

This was a tough day for a young 5th XI side, who were up against it from the starting whistle.

Fielding nine players and finding themselves 2-0 down very quickly, it took some solid defensive work from Evie Puddy and Sophie Manning to settle the play. Hard work in midfield came from player of the match Lottie Gunter, Erin Crofts and Michelle Ho, while Ella Hutchinson and Erin Watkins looked lively on the break.

After half time, Gunter dominated the central midfield with some thoughtful balls and smart play, while Vicki Pagett in goal made some strong clearances.

Winscombe did not give up, Puddy and Jo Hann worked the ball well out of defence and from a through ball from Gunter, Hutchinson converted with a fine solo effort.

In the dying seconds of the game and the final hit of the ball, Winscombe were awarded a short corner. A determined Ho battled the ball over the line for Winscombe’s second goal.

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