Alex's goal not enough for ladies

PUBLISHED: 18:01 19 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:29 24 May 2010

IN a return to league hockey after the Christmas break both sides produced excellent play. Determination flowed throughout the game and either side could have taken the lead. Weston's best chance of the first ha

Weston Ladies 1st XI 1 Isca Ladies 3rds 3IN a return to league hockey after the Christmas break both sides produced excellent play. Determination flowed throughout the game and either side could have taken the lead. Weston's best chance of the first half came when a long ball by Vanessa Mawford found Rosie Bellinger in space who passed to Laura Davies for a one-on-one with Isca's keeper, who made an excellent stop. Alex Naughalty and Tina Delaney worked hard to attack and defend in the centre of the field and Becky Watkins found space on the right, but sound defence and some fine saves thwarted Weston's efforts. Isca pushed for a goal as much as Weston did, making for end-to-end play and Isca got the breakthrough just before half time when Ella Butler's reverse sweep beat Weston's Sarah Langley-Wheeler in goal.After the break the game continued at the same fast pace and saw both sides seeking to take the advantage. Weston were rewarded when fine work between Charli Crandon and Becky Watkins resulted in a penalty corner. The slick routine by Becky Watkins to Vanessa Mawford then Alex Naughalty who finished with a drag flick giving the Isca keeper no chance and the goal a contender for goal of the season. Weston should have finished the game off then as they had the upper hand, but some great diving saves by Isca keeper Jess Allen proved crucial. Isca got themselves back into the game and applied pressure with Ella Butler scoring two goals in quick succession to claim her hat-trick which really should have been cleared by the Weston defence. Player of the match went to Alex Naughalty, but the whole team should be praised for the way in which they played. Weston are at home again to Isca 4ths tomorrow at 1pm at Priory.

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