Ladies lose local derby encounter

PUBLISHED: 11:52 13 March 2006 | UPDATED: 08:59 24 May 2010

WESTON'S first match following a two-week break was away to Cheddar on a newly laid, slow pitch

Weston Ladies 0 Cheddar 2WESTON'S first match following a two-week break was away to Cheddar on a newly laid, slow pitch.Both teams began brightly in what is always a closely contested game and with Weston triumphant in their first fixture, Cheddar were out to seek revenge.Weston's young midfield of Alex Naughalty and Charlie Crandon were made to work hard with neither team able to keep possession for long. Charli Dale combined well with Becky Watkins on the right who made several attempts to push forward and enter the opposing 25, but Cheddar's experienced midfield and defence managed to stop any such advances. Within 10 minutes Cheddar thought they had opened the scoring with their first break catching Weston slightly dazed in the sunny conditions, only for the goal to be disallowed. Cheddar eventually opened the scoring when after a couple of shots on goal, a deflected shot found a player who scored from outside the D.Michelle Norton and Laura Davies who drove hard up the left and Flo Broderick got stuck in and helped to push Naughalty forward, who placed a skilful and well aimed flick at goal only for it to be disallowed. Weston captain Vanessa Mawford got sent off when airing her views early on in the second half. Team spirit really kicked in with every player working hard not to concede while down to 10 players.Michelle Aldridge performed an excellent role as sweeper with Hazel Mosley and Lucy Clarke under continuous pressure in defence, but reacting strongly and competently to deny Cheddar another goal. Weston lost the ability to string passes together and after one too many attempts, Cheddar squirmed through to trickle the ball over the line for their second goal. Weston fought back with Davies and Aldridge combining well up front, putting the keeper under pressure, but both were unlucky not to score. A scrappy match left Weston feeling down but not out as they are safe in their newly promoted league.Weston Ladies 2nds 3 Taunton Civil Service 1The Seconds returned to league games this week when they welcomed Taunton Civil Service. It was not long before Weston got into the swing of the game, Nikki Baker took the ball up the left and delivered a firm ball towards the far post for Michelle Tuxford to score.Taunton returned with simple and effective passes and Clare Martin caused trouble for Weston as she drove the ball in at pace. Weston's defence of Jenny Purcell, Shirley Cook, Abi Smith and Lauren Simms worked well together and Abi Smith played exceptionally well. Weston's next goal came from the speed and imagination of Tina Delaney who dashed the ball through the midfield and passed to Baker to finish.After the break, Taunton were awarded a short corner, but Shirley Cook made an impressive tackle and ended Taunton's chance for a goal. Weston's midfield began to combine more with Amy Taylor bringing them forward. Both Delaney and Baker continued to play well, feeding the ball towards Jade Edwards. However, a prime ball into Edwards was taken round the keeper and pushed into the goal. Taunton's efforts were still strong as they took the ball into their attacking half and passing between Marion Vincent and Charlotte Keates resulted in a goal. Player of the match was awarded to Lauren Simms.

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