Ladies slam nine past Bridgwater

Sarah Holland.

Sarah Holland. - Credit: Archant

Weston ladies were in top form against Bridgwater, netting nine times.

Weston Ladies 1st XI 9

Bridgwater Ladies 2nd XI 0

WESTON started the new season in good form, defeating Bridgwater 9-0.

Bridgwater started off well keeping the ball in Weston’s half for the first 10 minutes, causing Sarah Langley-Wheeler to make several saves, helped by the Weston defence of Ness Mawford, Claire Westgate and Charlotte Gordon.


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Charli Dale helped push the ball up through the middle creating great play by Weston, which opened up opportunity in Bridgwater’s D for several short corners resulting in goals from Charli Crandon and Rosie Bellinger.

Weston kept the ball in Bridgwater’s half, leading to play down the left channel by Michelle Tuxford, who sent the ball into Mercedes Benz player of the match Lucy Clarke to score at the back post.

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Kate O’Sullivan hassled Bridgwater continuously throughout the game and was able to win the ball, drive into the D and register another goal on the Weston score sheet.

Taunton Vale Ladies II 3

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 4

WINSCOMBE ladies put in an outstanding team performance to battle back from 1-3 down against a quality Taunton side, to win 3-4 and to secure a well-earned three league points.

Winscombe started well, but against the run of play, Vale punished them with a breakaway goal. Winscombe fought back well winning a short corner which Sarah Holland converted. Unfortunately, concentration slipped and Vale scored twice more before half-time.

Winscombe’s solid defence led from the back by keeper Kate Walker, did not concede a single penalty corner throughout the match. In contrast, Winscombe won four penalty corners and converted three of those chances.

Holland scored her second of the match to bring the score to 3-2 as the home team were beginning to feel the pressure. Confident passing play around the back by Julie O’Sullivan, Claudia Routhorn-James, Caitlin Flood and Michelle Isgar set up the team with more attacking opportunities.

Winscombe converted another short corner with a slipped pass from Kelly Clark to Gabby Richardson, whose excellent shot beat the Vale keeper.

Strong play by Caroline Marsh and Chloe Brown kept up the pressure on Vale. With 15 minutes to play, the joint players of the match combined well again with Holland finding Clark in the D whose shot at goal found the back of the net, completing a fantastic comeback and seal a well-deserved win for Winscombe.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ player of the match was jointly won by Sarah Holland and Kelly Clark

Frys Ladies 3rd XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 2

THE third team defeated Frys 2-0 with a hard-working performance.

Despite several long corners and a couple of penalty corners for Winscombe, the forwards were unable to convert the opportunities into goals. Captain Gill Harvey and Emma Whitehead both went close.

After the break, Helen Sinclair scored from a Whitehead cross. Fry’s managed to mount occasional attacks, but these were thwarted by defenders Jo Hann, Katie Semple and Sarah Kempster.

For Winscombe’s second goal, Kempster, Imogen Marsh, Sinclair and Whitehead combined for Hartshorne to make the score 2-0.

Winscombe showed their adaptability to play in different positions, particularly Jenna Baker, Molly Roberts, Katie Semple and Imogen Marsh.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ player of the match was Ella Byrne.

Interested in playing in goal?

THE club has talented all-round players at Winscombe and their current keeper is keen to play outfield.

Are you an experienced goalie looking for a club or perhaps a beginner who would like to have a go at playing in goal? Full training will be provided.

For further information, please visit www.winscombehockey.com or email Gail at izzards@btinternet.com to register your interest.

Joint player of the match Sarah Holland in action.

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