Winscombe Ladies start the season with derby victory

PUBLISHED: 10:17 29 September 2017

- Mandatory by-line: Paul Knight - Mobile: 07973 208118 - 17/10/2015 -  HOCKEY - King Alfred School - Highbridge, England -  Winscombe 1st XI v Clifton 3rd XI - West Clubs Women's Hockey League - Central

- Mandatory by-line: Paul Knight - Mobile: 07973 208118 - 17/10/2015 - HOCKEY - King Alfred School - Highbridge, England - Winscombe 1st XI v Clifton 3rd XI - West Clubs Women's Hockey League - Central

Paul Knight

Winscombe Ladies started the new season with a victory over near neighbours Weston to pick up maximum points.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 3

Weston Ladies 1st XI 0

Winscombe’s first league game of the season was against local rivals Weston, so they went out prepared for a good battle having played a couple of tough friendlies to prepare for the opening game.

The home side opened the scoring having won a short corner when Chloe Brown drove hard into the D and was tackled badly. Hannah Coogan passed the ball at a fast pace to stick-stopper Michelle Isgar, for Holly Tyson whose drag flick towards goal was saved by the Weston keeper, only for Kelly Clarke to put the rebound into the back of the net.

The goal gave Winscombe a lift and midfielders Brown, Clarke, Tyson and Imogen Marsh found a higher gear to link well and service the forwards. Player of the match Gabby Richardson, Vonnie Rendall, Coogan and Sarah Holland all had shots which required saving by the Weston keeper.

A fabulous team goal was scored following a penetrating run from defender Juju O’Sullivan, who linked with Leanne Gardner. Slick passing followed to Holland who found Rendall in the D, who deftly tipped the ball into Richardson’s path to score Winscombe’s second.

Just before half-time, Charlie Phillips transferred ball across the pitch found Gardner in midfield who fed the ball to Brown. Brown drove past two players along the back line before finding Coogan, who connected cleanly to deflect the ball past the diving keeper.

Weston upped their game in the second half, but Winscombe’s defence held strong led by captain Kate Walker in goal.

Tia Craig and Imogen Marsh, both making their first team debuts, played some skilful hockey linking up really well down the left resulting in numerous shots on goal.

Winscombe also played well as a team in the second half and were unlucky not to add to the scoreline, but were delighted to come away with a win, three league points and a clean sheet ready to take on Firebrands on Saturday.

Weston Ladies 2nd XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 1

A new squad and a new season meant it took a while to settle into the game.

The first 10 minutes of the game was a non-stop battle in Winscombe’s half, but the visitors got into their rhythm and created some breaks in Weston’s defence.

The second half saw a strong comeback with Winscombe breaking the deadlock which saw a side-line ball delivered from Laura Harvey to Hannah Preston at the top of the D.

The ball was driven in and shot at the keeper who saved it, but the rebound was picked up by Dulcie Glossop to beat the keeper for a brilliant goal. A crucial save in the second half by Vicky Whittaker in the Winscombe goal secured the win for Winscombe and all three league points.

Shepton Mallet 2nd XI 3

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 1

This was the 3rd XIs first match in Brunel 2 after winning promotion last season and they can be proud of how they played.

With three players making their debut and a depleted squad, the team surprised both themselves and the opposition on how well they played.

Shepton scored a well-worked goal followed by a second five minutes later against the run of play. Winscombe made it 2-1 when player of the match Isabel Morgan crossed for Becky Matthews to score.

The second half saw Winscombe awarded a flick after a surging run by Olivia Dilly, but Matthews sent it wide. The midfield of Ella Horwood, Georgina Glossop, Gail Izzard and Anya Lawrence worked hard in both attack and defence.

Elainna Teare in goal made a couple of cracking saves, while the defenders Helen Sinclair and Sarah Johnson drove the ball out of danger as well.

Playing out of position at centre-back, captain Emma Whitehead saved a ball off the line from a defensive short corner and also tipped a ball at shoulder height away from goal in open play.

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 1

Taunton Vale 5th XI 1

Coming off a win from last week, Winscombe were confident ahead of this match. A fast and furious start with both teams straight out the blocks soon made it known that this would be a tough game.

Winscombe’s central pairing of Caroline Glossop and player of the match Maddy Bawden ran the midfield and got Hannah Glossop and Lydia Hodge into their attacking game with some great distribution and vision.

Taunton’s forward line were strong, but Winscombe’s Amy Cheeseborough, Kat Dee and Steph Osmant worked hard to keep them at bay.

Lauren Tyrell, Ella Hutchinson and Lyndsey Lawrence made their presence known in the opposition’s D, before Winscombe converted one of many penalty corners with Caroline Glossop netting.

Taunton fought back hard and in spite of several strong stops from goalkeeper Vicki Pagett, Taunton finally broke through to tie the scores.

Winscombe 5th XI 4

Old Bristolians 5th XI 7

It was an historic day for Winscombe Ladies Hockey Club as they fielded five league teams for the first time.

The whole team started well and looked confident, with Abbey Bewley and Lottie Gunter using their pace to get the ball into the attacking D. Old Bs opened the scoring which soon read 2-4 to Old Bs.

The Winscombe back line of Jo Hann, Esme Dury and player of the match Evie Puddy found their groove and started to thwart the relentless waves of attack from the more experienced Old B’s forwards. Both Erin Crofts and Erin Watkins made their presence known and linked well with Gill Harvey and Michelle Ho.

Shirley Hartshorne converted well through two short corners and Sophie Stone had a strong game in attack.

Abbey Bewley rounded off the goals with a solo effort into the top of the net to end the game 4-7.

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