Winscombe Ladies return with all three points in hard-fought victory

PUBLISHED: 14:23 14 March 2018

Sarah Holland.

Sarah Holland.

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Winscombe Ladies returned from Old Bristolians with all three points after a hard-fought victory.

Old Bristolians Ladies 1st XI 1

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 3

Winscombe Ladies travelled to Old Bristolian’s to continue their league campaign and returned with a hard-fought victory.

From the whistle, Winscombe fought hard as Old B’s maintained possession and pressed Winscombe into their half.

The visitors held their shape and quick turnover play by Kelly Clarke who intercepted at the top of the Winscombe D, spread the ball wide to Imogen Marsh and a series of cross pitch connective passing between forwards Gabby Richardson and Sarah Holland resulted in Holland firing the ball into the back of the net for the first goal.

Despite chances from both sides, the score remained at 1-0 in this tense and tight game.

Winscombe’s second goal came 15 minutes into the second half when Caroline Marsh took a long corner, dummied the ball and passed to Clarke who dragged the ball into the D for Hannah Coogan to score from a superb deflection.

Old B’s replied quickly and a turnover of possession on the halfway line saw them split the Winscombe defence, drive into the D and score to bring the score to 2-1.

Winscombe came back strongly, surging forward with midfielders Hannah Preston, Michelle Isgar and Holly Tyson working tirelessly to hold possession.

The pressure paid off and Winscombe’s final goal came from a short corner which was slipped to Richardson and finished off with a reverse stick flick by Tyson.

Old B’s never gave up and in the last five minutes of the gam, Winscombe’s defence of Charlie Phillips, Leanne Gardener and Chloe Brown soaked up the pressure as they found themselves pinned into their defensive 25.

In the dying minutes of the game, Winscombe keeper Kate Dennis made a series of spectacular saves from a sustained onslaught of shots from open play and short corners which ensured the score remained 3-1 at the final whistle.

Player of the match was Kate Dennis.

Clevedon Ladies 3

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 1

In a match where the final score line did not reflect the possession and play, Winscombe have much to be pleased with.

Winscombe started the match by applying controlled pressure through midfielders Maddy Bawden, Anya Lawernce, Emma Whitehead, Flo Wring and Georgina Glossop.

This pressure enabled forwards Liv Dilly, Helen Sinclair and Izzy Morgan to attack. Clevedon counter attacked well on occasions and they opened the scoring via a penalty corner.

Winscombe upped their tempo and built attacks from defence, with Sarah Johnson, Kat Dee and Steph Osmant making solid tackles and distributing the ball well. Michelle Clarke-McCulloch normally a defender made some excellent saves as well.

Winscombe secured a penalty corner late in the first half which Helen Sinclair converted for the equaliser.

In the second half, Winscombe played flowing hockey and created chances, especially the pace of Morgan, Wring and Dilly. However, it was Clevedon that capitalised on their attacks by securing short corners and converting two of the three they had.

The final whistle went to leave Winscombe still in third place in the table and they will train hard and look to hold this place at the end of the season.

Player of the match was Izzy Morgan.

Weston Ladies 2nd XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 2

With the last few matches of the season remaining, Winscombe fourths travelled to Weston in search of a win and a boost to their league position.

Winscombe started well with good play from Abby Bewley, Ella Hutchinson, Erin Watkins and Lauren Tyrell, with help from Caroline Glossop and Orla Doherty.

Winscombe kept working well as a team with Lottie Gunter and Jaz Rooke making interceptions. The ball found Tyrell who slipped the ball to Hutchinson, forcing the goalie to make a good save. Soon after, Lyndsey Lawrence netted the only goal of the half.

The second half started with Weston pushing Winscombe back. However, they were no match for Trixie Osmond, Lottie Gunter and Jaz Rooke in defence.

Winscombe’s continued pressure secured a penalty corner and following an excellent injection from Watkins, Glossop fired home the second goal. Weston hit back, but the goalkeeping skills of Shaz Bricknell ensured Winscombe kept a clean sheet.

Player of match was Caroline Glossop.

Winscombe Ladies 5th XI 4

Knowle Ladies 3

An enthusiastic Winscombe team attacked Knowle’s defence from the start, but the visitors’ centre-forward scored with a great strike.

Winscombe fought back quickly and following a period of pressure from Knowle, Ciara Ambrosious wrong-footed the keeper with a reverse stick strike. Erin Crofts made the most of the confusion in the D and put Winscombe back in the lead.

Knowle equalised straight after half-time and added another goal shortly afterwards. Michelle Ho and Erin Crofts combing well to set up Sharon Morris to give Winscombe the lead.

Despite some great defending from Jo Hann and Nicky Mills, Knowle equalised once more. Gill Harvey and Amy Hurst took charge in midfield with Charlotte Spensley supporting to win a short corner.

A fast and accurate injection from Ambrosious to Sharon Morris was sweetly struck into the corner of the goal.

Winscombe were worthy winners of an exciting game with Erin Crofts outstanding performance earning her player of the match.

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