Winscombe Ladies share top spot after latest league victory

PUBLISHED: 14:13 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:13 24 January 2018

Sarah Holland.

Sarah Holland.

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Winscombe Ladies 3-0 victory over Firebrands saw them go joint top of the league table.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 3

Firebrands Ladies 3rd XI 0

In another goal thriller, Winscombe managed to continue their winning streak against Firebrands.

The game started well with lots of high-paced midfield action between Holly Tyson, Kelly Clark, Michelle Isgar, Hannah Preston and Imogen Marsh. The ball was passed up the pitch with lots of chances, all of which resulted in short corners.

Firebrands fought back with several attempts at working the ball up the pitch, however each chance was shut down by Winscombe’s strong defence of Charlie Phillips, Caroline Marsh, Leanne Gardner and Chloe Brown.

It was not long until Winscombe got their first goal. The ball was worked up the right-hand side of the pitch to be passed across the goalmouth for Tia Craig to score.

Winscombe worked tirelessly and before the end of the half they were rewarded as Hannah Coogan managed to secure their second, putting away a rebound off the keeper’s pads.

The second half continued with the same intensity from both teams. Firebrands worked hard to push Winscombe back into their own half with several attempts at goal, all of which were saved by keeper Kate Dennis.

The Winscombe forwards of Craig, Sarah Holland and Hannah Coogan worked well with the Winscombe midfield and continued the hard attack on goal, which resulted in more short corners.

Clark’s goal was disallowed, but it was not long until Winscombe retaliated with another. Holland beat two defenders to enter the D and smashed a spectacular goal past the diving keeper.

The final whistle went to leave Winscombe 3-0 winners, which has put them joint-top of the table.

Player of the match was Sarah Holland.

Sidmouth & Ottery 3rd XI 3

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 1

In the drizzle, Winscombe found it difficult to settle into the game and there were a few slips on the wet pitch from both teams.

After 15 minutes, the first goal of the game came when Winscombe’s Cara Ellis passed to Becky Mathews at the top of the D, who in turn found Dulcie Glossop, who met it sweetly and swept it into the goal. Sidmouth responded with two goals before the half, the second coming from an unfortunate short corner.

Winscombe started the second half determined to get a goal back, but a Sidmouth overload soon made it 3-1. Winscombe defenders Amelia Bourton, Juju O’Sullivan, Jodie Honour, Anya Lawerence and Maddy Bawden defended a number of consecutive short corners.

Elaina Teare made some excellent saves in goal to keep the scoreline at bay. The rest of the second half was well battled, with good runs down the sidelines and lovely balls through the centre by Katie Mackay and Tia Rendall.

On a number of occasions they found Jasmine Honour and Becky Mathews, but the attacks were well-defended by Sidmouth.

Winscombe player of the match was Juju O’Sullivan.

Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI 5

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 3

Nailsea had first push back and applied pressure for the opening 10 minutes of the match, but defenders Steph Osmant, Jo Horwood and Kat Dee kept the attacks out.

It was Winscombe that opened the scoring via a penalty corner won after an attack into the D from Olivia Dilly. Lucy Kindred slotted home firmly after Helen Sinclair’s injection to Gail Izzard.

Midfielders Kindred, Izzard, Georgina Glossop, Flo Wring and Emma Whitehead worked hard in both attack and defence and managed to win a second penalty corner which Nailsea defended well counter-attacked, resulting in the equaliser.

Winscombe took the game straight back to them with attackers Sinclair, Dilly and Isabel Morgan applying pressure on the Nailsea defenders which resulted in another penalty corner which was smashed home by Wring.

Straight after the break, Winscombe attacked with Sinclair linking with Whitehead who sent Morgan through on goal, rounding her defender before supplying Sinclair to score.

Nailsea’s coach arrived on the side and managed to work some magic as Nailsea pulled one back. Winscombe keeper Vicky Whittaker was called upon to make some excellent saves to earn herself a close second in the player of the match award.

A resurgent Nailsea scored another three to clinch the victory. Isabel Morgan’s player of the match performance drew praise from the opposition coach.

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 3

White Eagles Ladies 2nd XI 5

Right from the start, the game was end-to-end and the midfield of Lottie Gunter, Sarah Kempster, Sharon Morris and Ella Hutchinson were put through their paces.

With the calming influence of Georgie Collett, Winscombe started to play some stylish hockey. The back line of Evie Puddy, Christina Ford and Trixie Ormerod quickly found rhythm and kept the White Eagles at bay.

The Tiverton side were quick on the break and following several strong clearances from player of the match Georgia Tulip in goal, they quickly went 2-0 up.

After the break, Ellie Cooke scored after a one-on-one with the keeper to make it 2-1, but Eagles soon scored again.

Not to be outdone, Hutchinson worked tirelessly in midfield and gained a short corner. This was expertly converted by Collett from the top of the circle to bring it back to 3-2.

White Eagles did not stop and threw everything they could at Tulip until they managed to breach the Winscombe defence to score twice more.

With the clock quickly counting down, Lynsey Lawrence forced her way through the defence to get herself on the score sheet.

Winscombe Ladies 5th XI 4

Bristol Bluebirds 1

This was a game where it all came together for the newest Winscombe side, all playing with confidence and composure.

The forward line of Charlotte Olding, Michelle Ho and Abbey Bewley were immediately dominant and showed their intent from the start.

A quick ball out of midfield, allowed Erin Watkins to open the scoring early on. Along with Erin Crofts, Eleanor Phillips and Watkins, Bewley led the charge and organised her midfield to great effect, with Ho scoring a goal, all of her own making.

Caroline Glossop, Gill Harvey and Sophie Manning were solid thorough out and organised the defence, with Janet Manning in goal was called upon a number of times, and only a strong Bristol shot was able to beat her in the second half.

Winscombe continued to play their own level of hockey and debutants Amy Hurst and Jasmine Rooke were more than comfortable whenever called upon.

The second half is always when Winscombe are at their strongest and the pace of Crofts, Watkins and Olding shone as they continued to hound the beleaguered Bristol defence.

With a ball from via Watkins, Crofts scored the next goal. Olding finished off the scoring with a fine shot.

Player of the match was Abbey Bewley.

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