Ladies finish the season by netting 12 times

Winscombe 1st XI v Clifton 3rd XI 171015

Winscombe 1st XI v Clifton 3rd XI 171015 - Credit: Archant

Winscombe Ladies ended the season in their highest-ever finish in the Central League in second place.

Sidmouth & Ottery Ladies 1st XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 12

Winscombe Ladies secured a comprehensive win over Sidmouth & Ottery to secure second place in the Central League, their highest position ever.

Emily Townsend opened the scoring shortly after the game began with a well-worked goal driven from midfield. At the re-start, Winscombe captain Kelly Clark, found the back of the net with a reverse stick shot, soon followed by another goal for Townsend.

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The excellent Sidmouth keeper was making Winscombe work hard for their goals, but Sarah Holland was able to put the ball past her to increase Winscombe’s lead.

Sidmouth continued to try to apply pressure on the Winscombe’s goal, but the defence of Michelle Clarke-McCulloch, Julie O’Sullivan, Michelle Isgar and Charlie Phillips stood strong.

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Player of the match, Charlie Phillips fed the ball through to Gabriella Richardson, who set up Townsend to complete her hat-trick. Holland followed that by increasing Winscombe’s lead, before Townsend finished again for her fourth. Hannah Taylor completed the first-half scoring to make it 8-0 to Winscombe.

After the break, Winscombe were determined to keep a clean sheet, with keeper Kate Walker making three crucial saves as Sidmouth launched a final push to get on the score sheet.

However, in doing so, they allowed Holland and Hannah Taylor to score twice each in the second half, leaving Winscombe 12-0 winners.

John Hodge Solicitors player of the match was Charlie Phillips.

Chard Ladies 1

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 3

Winscombe 2nds travelled to Chard for their final league game of the season.

The hosts took the lead when quick turnover ball saw Chard break away to force a one-on-one with keeper Vicky Whittaker, who made a determined sliding save, only to have the rebound netted.

After the break, some fine passing play from Imogen Marsh, Ella Horwood and Niamh Hyden, to forwards Georgie Savage, Trudie Lynham and Tia Craig.

Caroline Marsh and Vonnie Rendall both worked tirelessly and it wasn’t long before Rendall found the back of the net first, with a second goal for Winscombe being slotted home by Lynham shortly afterwards.

Winscombe continued to dominate the remainder of the match with impressive play from both Savage and. A deserved second goal for Rendall rounded off the game to secure Winscombe their final three points of the season.

Player of the match was Niamh Hyden.

West Wilts Ladies 2nd XI 7

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 1

Already promoted West Wilts proved far too strong for Winscombe in their last league match of the season.

In spite of the scoreline, this was not the easy win that the home team expected and Winscombe put up a creditable fight.

It was Winscombe that started the stronger, applying pressure right from the whistle, containing West Wilts in midfield and mounting several good attacks.

West Wilts opening the scoring against the run of play, but Winscombe soon retaliated with a shot from a penalty corner. Injected by Gill Harvey, the ball was received by Gail Izzard at the top of the D, who netted with a looping aerial shot.

Strong defending from Rachel Wallace, marshalled the defence of Tia Rendall, Georgina Glossop and stand-in goalie Maddie Bawden, but the pressure resulted in two more goals for West Wilts.

In the second half, the Winscombe midfield of Elener Philips, Emma Whitehead and Harvey worked hard, setting forwards Dulcie Glossop, Helen Sinclair and Jazz Honour on some good counterattacks.

However, the slick passing, strong tackling and excellent scoring saw West Wilts run out worthy 7-1 winners.

The Quilter Cheviot player of the match was Maddie Bawden.

Weston Ladies 2nd XI 8

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 2

Winscombe 4th XI’s final match of the season ended with defeat against Weston.

With several of their regular team missing this provided an excellent opportunity for the newer members of the club to have a chance to play.

Libby Bamsey made an excellent debut along with other newer players Haniya Jarman and Christina Ford.

Both teams battled hard in midfield with Anya Lawrence, Cara Ellis, Sarah Kempster and Caroline Glossop making strong tackles to win possession and distribute the ball wide.

Becky Matthews on the forward line held the ball up effectively, making some excellent passes to Hannah Glossop and Katie Semple.

Katie Semple scored in the first-half and Ellis scored the second goal following an excellent run.

Winscombe defenders Joely Dewey, Christina Ford and stand-in goalie Jo Sawtell managed to clear the ball many times and strongly defended the penalty corners. But in the end the hard-hitting Weston forwards proved too strong.

The Quilter Cheviot player of the match was Cara Ellis.

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