Hard-fought victory for Winscombe ladies

Shirley Hartshorne.

Shirley Hartshorne. - Credit: Archant

Winscombe ladies third team returned to league action and recorded a 3-2 victory over Knowle.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 3

Knowle Ladies 2nd XI 2

WINSCOMBE’S third team came off the back of a long break to find themselves in a competitive league match.

However, they started the match positively with an early goal when Helen Sinclair set up Emma Whitehead to score from a well-worked short corner.

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Forwards Shirley Hartshorne, Katie Bowskill and Hannah Hussey’s movement off the ball dragged their markers wide to allow space for midfielders Molly Roberts, Gill Harvey and Gail Izzard.

A second goal followed from another short corner. A deflected shot found Byrne, who passed to Whitehead to slot home her and Winscombe’s second.

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In the second half, Winscombe were pressing high up the pitch and Knowle broke out to pull one back.

Undaunted Winscombe continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded when a barrage of shots, rebounds, flicks and saves, saw centre-forward Sinclair netted Winscombe’s third.

Ella Byrne was called upon to make several crucial tackles in the centre of the pitch, but another breakaway goal in the last 10 minutes of the match by Knowle, made for an anxious end to this match.

The Winscombe defense of Jo Hann, Sarah Kempster, Jo Sawtell worked hard, supported by keeper Shaz Bricknell, to clear the ball away from the danger areas and ensure all three points for the home team.

The John Hodge Solicitors player of the match was Shirley Hartshorne.

ECVH Ladies 2nd XI 2

Winscombe Ladies IV XI 0

THE four team started the new year with an early trip to Collumpton to play ECVH on a wet and windy day.

The two teams were evenly matched with midfield players Vonnie Randall, Heather Hockey, Hannah Glossop and Tia Craig linking well to move the ball quickly up to the forwards.

Dulcie Glossop, Elener Phillips and Maddy Bawden had a number of good runs into the D, but found the EVCH defenders too good to get round.

Later in the first half, Winscombe conceded a penalty corner, which provided the home team with an opportunity to score their first goal.

Good defending from Lucy Slater, Georgina Glossop, Becca Budd and Caroline Glossop kept the ball away from Winscombe’s new goalkeeper, Georgia Tulip. A quick attack from EVCH resulted in a good shot which was saved, but after several attempts they netted again.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ player of the match was Heather Hockey.

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