Ladies hit EVCH for six

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Weston ladies defeated EVCH 6-0 in a comfortable victory.

Weston Ladies 6

EVCH 2nd XI 0

WESTON ladies fielded a strong squad against EVCH 2s and from the first whistle Weston started dominating the play.

This led to an early goal from Bellinger’s strike from the top of the D. Weston continued to work as a team and two more goals in the first-half came from Kingscott and Gibbins.

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In the second half, Weston continued to find space using the width to their advantage. Bellinger charged down the right wing on two occasions crossing the ball to Gibbins, who was within inches of the goal.

This hard work paid off and a succession of short corners presented Redman, Watkins and Bellinger with goals.

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Vale didn’t give up and had a few breaks from some through balls down the middle, but Weston held onto a clean sheet with strong saves from the keeper.

The Mercedes Benz player of the match was Emma Gibbins.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 2

Somerset Gryphons Ladies 4

NEWLY-promoted Winscombe rallied from 3-0 down to give the league leaders a fright in this closely-contested match of quality hockey.

Finding themselves 3-0 down early in the match from goals created by Gryphons on the break, Winscombe rallied well to pull back two goals through some fantastic team play, netted by Jade Barry and Gabby Richardson.

Winscombe fought hard and put Gryphons under some pressure during the beginning of the second half and looked likely to get an equaliser, while the Winscombe defence of keeper Kate Walker and defenders Julie O’Sullivan, Caroline Marsh and Caitlin Flood, held strong under concerted attacks and numerous short corners awarded to Gryphons.

Michelle Isgar and Claudia Routhorn-James worked hard and tirelessly defending and attacking in equal measure throughout the match.

The home team built from the back with some great passages of play and were unlucky not to get a third goal. Minutes from the end of the match and against the run of play, Gryphons broke away again and scored just before the final whistle.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ player of the match was Claudia Routhorn-James.

Minehead Ladies 1st XI 6

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 0

A TRIP to the coast proved anything but a holiday for Winscombe 2nds against tough opposition.

A spirited team performance was not enough to contain a nexperienced Minehead team. In spite of the mismatch on paper and final score, Winscombe showed a lot of determination in this match and put up a spirited performance.

They were punished midway through the second half for their lack of concentration when Minehead scored a succession of quick goals, putting Winscombe under even more pressure.

It wasn’t all one-sided however, as Winscombe did managed to create opportunities themselves in front of goal, often being provided by darting runs and great crosses from Trudie Lynham.

The second half brought more sustained Minehead pressure, resulting in more goals being conceded bringing the final tally to six.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ joint players of the match were Victoria Calder (captain) and defender Jo Horwood.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 0

Old Bristolians Ladies 0

A SCORELESS draw belies the excitement of this tense and dramatic match of two halves.

In what was to be an evenly-matched first-half, Winscombe had an early chance after good work by Emma Whitehead, Vicki Pagett and Alice Sloman. Fine play by Sarah Kempter and Rachel Wallace almost led to a goal by Hannah Hussey.

In defence, keeper Victoria Look made some good clearances and Amy Cheeseborough linked well. Helen Sinclair, Gail Izzard and Hussey almost set up Pagett for the first goal.

Winscombe continued to press forward and Sloman went close on a couple of occasions. Joanna Hann, Kempster and captain and player of the match Gill Harvey kept things tight in defence as Winscombe settled for a point.

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