Narrow defeat for Winscombe Ladies at Exeter

PUBLISHED: 12:02 14 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:02 14 November 2018

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI.

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Winscombe Ladies returned from Exeter with a narrow defeat in their sixth league match of the season.

Exe Ladies 2nd XI 1

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 0

Winscombe, looking very smart in their new Thatcher’s sponsored kit, travelled away to St Peter’s School in Exeter for their sixth match in Premier 2.

Following a respectful one minute’s silence by all players, umpires and spectators, Exe won the toss and started the game in a determined fashion with a forward high paced ball off the starting line.

A committed Winscombe team were soon to take possession, with midfielders Kelly Clark, Imogen Marsh, Chloe Brown and Mish Isgar-Withers controlling the middle of the pitch, holding their shape and distributing well to the forward line.

With youngsters Imogen Marsh and Tia Craig linking well on the left, Winscombe startled their opposition with an early flow of attack.

It was a game of two ends and it was not long until Winscombe were defending close to their own goal line, but the defence of Charlie Phillips, Caroline Marsh, Chloe Brown, Hannah Preston and Leanne Gardner, along with keeper Kate Dennis, kept the home team at bay and denied Exe a goal from both open play and short corners. However, a slight dip in Winscombe’s concentration allowed a swift shot by Exe from the left of top-D which found itself cracking the backboard of Winscombe’s goal making the visiting team 1-0 down.

After the break, the battle continued and player of the match Elsa Greed opened up play and passed a beautiful ball to forward Sarah Holland, who calmly beat two Exe defenders, drew the Exe goalkeeper fully away from the goal and finished the display of Champagne hockey with a firework crack of the ball against the Exe backboard.

Winscombe roared with delight, but unfortunately it was all too late, as the play was brought back to an earlier foul further up the pitch and the goal disallowed.

A disappointed, but certainly even more determined Winscombe certainly made Exe work for the rest of the game, but Winscombe could not find the backboard again within the time of the game.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 6

Burnham Ladies 1

Winscombe 2nd XI bounced back from defeat last week with a crushing 6-1 victory over Burnham.

The home side started the game positively and early tackles and pressure was applied from the midfield of Ella Horwood, Izzy Savage and Gemma, who released forward to Becky Matthews, Olivia Dilly and Isabel Morgan.

Winscombe eventually broke down the solid defending of Burnham with a well-struck shot from Katie Mackay. A second goal shortly followed from a worked move from defence to attack with Gemma powerfully finishing.

Burnham scored a deflected goal towards the end of the half from a well-struck cross.

In the second half, Winscombe’s ball speed, movement and pressure became too strong for Burnham. The defence of Ju-Ju O’Sullivan, Trixie Osmond, Michelle Clarke-McCulloch and Steph Osmant continued to play positive passes to the midfield, which in turn released the forwards.

Amelia Bourton continued to mop up balls in front of the defenders which often resulted in quick balls forward. Morgan proved too quick for the defence and often produced excellent balls into the D.

Although not often troubled, Vicky Whittaker did make several superb saves in the Winscombe goal. Second half goals came from Matthews, Vonnie Rendall, Dilly and a second from Mackay sealed a deserved victory.

Keynsham Ladies 2nd XI 1

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 3

The third team travelled away for this fixture against Keynsham 2nd team and returned with a deserved victory.

Despite repeated goal scoring opportunities, the visitors struggled to find the back of the net until the deadlock was finally broken when a penalty flick awarded to Winscombe, which was confidently converted by centre forward Georgie Collett.

A momentary lapse of concentration from Winscombe early in the second half saw Keynsham equalise. However, the run of play quickly reverted Winscombe’s way as forwards Cara Ellis, Tia Randall, Ciara Ambrosius, Lottie Gunter and Erin Crofts, worked tirelessly to launch repeated attacking runs up both flanks.

They were supported by mids Maddy Bawden, Emma Whitehead, Georgina Glossop and Chloe Lawson. This pressure eventually paid off when Collett managed to net her second goal of the match, this time from open play.

Winscombe extended their lead further when player of the match Ciara Ambrosius made a superb run, cracking the ball just inside the D to send it flying across the Keynsham keeper and into the bottom corner.

Keynsham made several counter attacks resulting in a series of penalty corners being awarded. However, the composure of Winscombe defenders Sarah Kempster, Jo Horwood and Eleanor Thatcher, along with keeper Fran Brown, meant these went unconverted and Winscombe held on to win 3-1.

Weston Ladies 2nd XI 5

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 1

This was always going to be a big ask for a less experienced Winscombe team, but everyone played well.

Weston took an early 2-0 lead, but Winscombe soon replied with some lovely attacking play, with good play by defender Kat Dee and Ellen Campbell, who set up Ella Hutchinson to slot home an excellent goal from a tight angle.

Winscombe held the score into the second half with some excellent saves by goalie Lily Reeves. There was good defending and attacking from Maisie Holland, Ruby Cahill, Lauren Tyrrell and Abbie Bewley with Gill Harvey putting in a captain’s performance protecting the backs of Sophie Manning, Jasmine Rooke and Amy Cheeseborough.

Harvey also supported midfielder and player of the match Gail Izzard when Winscombe pushed forward to win several penalty corners and shots on goal.

In spite of this, Weston’s pressure paid off and they put the match out of Winscombe’s reach with three well-taken goals.

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