Patience and perseverance pay off for ladies

- Mandatory by-line: Paul Knight - Mobile: 07973 208118 - 17/10/2015 - HOCKEY - King Alfred School

- Mandatory by-line: Paul Knight - Mobile: 07973 208118 - 17/10/2015 - HOCKEY - King Alfred School - Highbridge, England - Winscombe 1st XI v Clifton 3rd XI - West Clubs Women's Hockey League - Central - Credit: Paul Knight

Patient play by Winscombe Ladies saw them to a narrow victory over Firebrands.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 1

Firebrands Ladies 3rd XI 0

Winscombe’s patience and perseverance paid off as they claimed the points in this closely-fought game.

The first-half got off to a good start with some lovely attacking play. Forwards, Hannah Taylor and Izzy Savage worked hard and put the Firebrands defence under pressure and continued to do so throughout the game.

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Juju O’Sullivan, Charlie Phillips, Chloe Brown and Michelle Clarke-McCulloch played some outstanding hockey in defence, with good transfers to switch play which resulted in some good attacking moves.

They also thwarted any breakaway Firebrand attacks by stepping up and making some excellent tackles. Keeper Kate Walker kept Firebrands at bay ensuring tight marking in the D and making some fine saves.

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Winscombe played well together as a team and this was particularly evident in the success of the press, making it difficult for Firebrands to get the ball out of their defensive 25.

Midfielders Kelly Clark, Emily Townsend, Michelle Isgar, Gabby Richardson and Leanne Gardner worked hard and with some quick passing created great attacking play with some lovely balls through into the D.

A well-executed short corner routine by Hannah Taylor, Michelle Isgar and Kelly Clark, finally gave Winscombe the break they were fighting for, with Sarah Holland converting.

Winscombe continued to apply pressure and after a lovely pass from Emily Townsend, Hannah Taylor’s great shot narrowly missing.

The John Hodge solicitor’s player of the match was Juju O’Sullivan.

Cheddar Ladies 2nd XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 4

Cheddar hosted this friendly fixture against Winscombe, who were keen to use the opportunity to give several of their younger players a run out.

Anya Lawrence and Katie Semple were both making their debut appearances for the second team and settled in well, displaying composure and strength of play on the ball.

Despite retaining most of the possession, Winscombe were just 1-0 up at the half-time break, reflecting a relaxed approach up to this point. However, following a firm team talk, the visitors recommenced the game with greater focus.

This resulted in better passing hockey with some super attacking runs from forwards Georgie Savage and Emma Caney, who linked particularly well to pressurise the Cheddar D.

Winscombe continued to play with the structure and discipline, resulting in a further three goals before the full-time whistle. Goal scorers were Tia Craig, Katie Semple, Georgie Savage and Emma Caney.

The Quilter Cheviot player of the match was Emma Caney.

Marlborough Ladies 3rd XI 4

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 1

Winscombe made the long trip to Marlborough, but returned empty-handed with a 4-1 defeat.

Marlborough started strongly and won an early short corner. The first shot was well defended off the line by Jo Hann, but the rebound netted for the first goal of the match.

Winscombe defenders Rachel Wallace, Georgina and Caroline Glossop and Jo Hann were under constant pressure and the hosts scored again.

On the stroke of half-time, a pass from Caroline Glossop to Whitehead enabled a long ball down the line to be met by Helen Sinclair, who beat one defender and crossed for Dulcie Glossop to smash the ball home.

The second half saw Winscombe apply periods of attack as Laura Harvey, Maddy Bawden and Elener Philips prominent, with Dulcie Glossop missing the goal by a centimetre.

Marlborough scored their third goal and finished off the scoring with an interception to make it 4-1.

The Quilter Cheviot player of the match was shared by Dulcie Glossop and Georgia Tulip.

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