Ladies fall short in five-goal thriller

Sidmouth and Ottery ladies 2nd's at home in Ottery against Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Photo by Terry

Sidmouth and Ottery ladies 2nd's at home in Ottery against Kingsbridge and Salcombe. Photo by Terry Ife ref shsp 7778-07-13TI To order your copy of this photograph go to www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24 - Credit: Archant

Fine saves, solid defending, pacy attacking moves and two goals were not enough to secure a win this week for Winscombe ladies.

White Eagles Ladies 3

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 2

EXCELLENT saves, solid defending, pacy attacking moves and two goals were not enough to secure a win this week for Winscombe ladies.

Forwards Sarah Holland, Gabriella Richardson and Jade Barry worked well together, applying pressure to try and secure the first goal. It was not to be however, as White Eagles broke out and netted the first goal.


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Winscombe tightened up the marking and defended well for the remainder of the half with Julie O’Sullivan, Claudia Routhorn-James, Michelle Isgar and Caitlin Flood sticking closely to their marking duties.

Winscombe played well together, with Chloe Brown, Kelly Clark and Sarah Holland passing quickly and accurately. Holland, with the help of Richardson and Keri Willis, skilfully played the ball into the attacking D to score the equaliser.

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White Eagles response was swift as they launched several counter-attacks. Most of these were thwarted by Megan Coe, Kelly Clark and Caitlin Flood, while some excellent saves were made by Kate Walker in the Winscombe goal, earning her the player of the match. The defence was breached however which resulted in White Eagles once again taking the lead.

The second half began with slick passing by midfielders Clark and Leanne Gardner. They found centre forward Richardson who drove the ball into the D. Megan Coe and Willis made some excellent runs with forward Barry, finishing off a brilliant attacking move in style to bring Winscombe level.

Despite some staunch defending by the Winscombe backs and goalie, White Eagles managed to score the winning goal.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ player of the match was Kate Walker.

Wells City Acorns 1st XI 6

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 2

TWO goals by Helen Sinclair help to ease pain of disappointing defeat for the third team.

A few changes due to injuries, illness and other commitments resulted in a league debut for Dawn Bowden.

Winscombe took the lead in the 20th minute. A good cross in by Hannah Hussey found Sinclair in the D, who slotted home the first goal.

Wells had chances but super saves, including one diving stick save from Shirley Hartshorne kept them out, until a Wells short corner was deflected. Wells broke away to score a second just before half-time despite the efforts of Winscombe defender Rachel Wallace.

After the break, Wells scored their third. Keeping their heads up, the Winscombe midfielder of Sarah Kempster, Gail Izzard and Gill Harvey kept battling until Emma Whitehead set up Sinclair to score her second.

Forwards Alice Sloman, Ella Bryne and Hussey worked hard, but unfortunately Winscombe could not make the pressure count and were unable to score.

After play became stretched, Wells took advantage to score three more goals before the final whistle.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ player of the match was Helen Sinclair.

Weston Ladies 2nd XI 4

Burnham 1

WESTON seconds played Burnham at home and recorded a comfortable 4-1 victory.

Chloe Cowell in goal made some brilliant saves and there was solid defending at the back from Jenny Purcell, Charli Dale, Demi Reading, Shelly Parkins and Beth Gambling.

The passing and team work in midfield from Emma Gibbins, Taylor Kingscott, Izzie Jeffrey, Jas Ash, Sarah Jolly and Kate Watkins helped Ellie Etchells and Jade Brown create chances up front.

A hat-trick from Etchells and goal from Brown meant Weston won 4-1. Mercedes player of the match went to Ellie Etchells.

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