Injuries fail to stem the goal tide

PUBLISHED: 12:29 13 March 2006 | UPDATED: 08:59 24 May 2010

Winscombe Ladies 1sts 1 Firebrands 1sts 7 For almost 10 minutes Winscombe had this match firmly in the bag," opening the scoring with a penalty flick which was clinically taken by Vicky Burns. Unfortunately after a slight home goal incident, everything

Winscombe Ladies 1sts 1 Firebrands 1sts 7For almost 10 minutes Winscombe had this match firmly "in the bag," opening the scoring with a penalty flick which was clinically taken by Vicky Burns.Unfortunately after a slight home goal incident, everything started to go a bit pear-shaped so Winscombe decided to deploy the "only in extreme cases of despair plan" and started dropping like flies with injuries. Firebrands, unfazed by this spectacle, had a counter-plan, which from a spectators' point of view, can only be described as pinball hockey and involved slotting in as many goals as possible, most of which rebounded off and around Winscombe players into the goal. Suzi Morgan, who was lucky enough to have left the pitch, attempted to mentally keep score but with one hand wrapped in an ice pack, ran out of digits when Firebrands' tally exceeded five. Player of the match, keeper Vicky Hewish valiantly feigned one injury after another in a desperate attempt to give the Winscombe field players a breather and stem the Firebrands onslaught. Coach Paul Wonnacott tried a distraction technique by having a bit of rant at the opposition's umpire but all to no avail. When the conceded goals reached about the sevenish mark, Winscombe had had enough and decided to finished the game early and head off home.Wells City Acorns 2nds 1 Winscombe Ladies 2nds 3The Seconds kept their promotion hopes alive with a win over local rivals Wells. They did not have it all their own way as the home team played some good attacking hockey and took the lead in the first half when the Winscombe defence failed to clear a loose ball.Winscombe fought back and Nicky Mills scored just before half time with a strong shot from the top of the D, after good work by Sophie Venn.In the second half, Mills and Venn were again involved exchanging passes before Venn hit a screamer past the Wells keeper.The Wells keeper had a brilliant game, pulling off a string of great saves and it took something special by Kirsty Lynham for Winscombe's third goal, picking the ball up in a crowded D and steering it round the keeper.Winscombe's player of the match was Naomi Walker.

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