Slow start for Winscombe ladies

Kate Walker.

Kate Walker. - Credit: Archant

Winscombe ladies made a sleepy start to the second half of the season against Taunton Vale.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 0

Taunton Vale 2nd XI 4

WINSCOMBE kicked off the second half of their league season with a rather sleepy start, which proved to be a busy game for man of the match winner, keeper Kate Walker.

Along with the defence, Walker was outstanding in goal, keeping out numerous shots from short corners in the first 10 minutes.

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A strong defence of Charlie Philips, Juju O’Sullivan, Michelle Isgar and Kat Evans worked tirelessly to defend against an attacking Taunton Vale side.

Unfortunately by the half-time break, the hosts were two goals down. Following a rallying team talk from captain Gabby Richardson, Winscombe played impressive possession hockey, which resulted in several goal scoring opportunities.

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As Winscombe pressed for goals to get back in the match, they were susceptible to breakaway goals. In spite of the impressive Kate Walker, Vale managed to net two further goals.

This was a wake-up call for the whole team who are more determined to win next week against Firebrands.

The John Hodge Solicitors player of the match: Kate Walker.

Frome Ladies 3rd XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 0

THIS proved to be a competitive match right up until the final whistle, with both team exhausted at the final whistle.

Winscombe played some excellent, attacking hockey right, but were unable to convert chances as the Frome defence tightly marked the Winscombe forwards.

Left link Molly Roberts worked tirelessly to get the ball up to the Winscombe forwards and was always one of the first to react to the dangerous breakaway situations.

In the second half, Winscombe pushed up captain and midfielder Gill Harvey to allow an extra player to help break down the Frome defence. Strong performances came from right link Emma Whitehead, Hannah Hussey and Sarah Kempster, from right back.

The Winscombe defence held strong and new goalie, Georgia Tulip, making her debut, helped keep a clean sheet.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ player of the match was Sarah Kempster.

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 0

Burnham Ladies 1st XI 12

THE fourth XI started strongly, but were eventually over-run by a more experienced Burnham side.

A good attacking move saw Katie Bowskill, Dulcie Glossop, Hannah Glossop and Elener Phillips linke well together. However, the experience of Burnham showed as they quickly picked up the ball and headed to the Winscombe goal.

Georgina Glossop and Tia Craig raced back to help the defence, but despite making a number of quick saves, new keeper, Sarah Phillips, was unable to keep the ball out.

Within a short space of time Winscombe were overwhelmed and found themselves 3-0 down. Despite the best efforts of Caroline Glossop, Lucy Slater, Becca Budd and Kait Hazzard, Burnham managed to convert more opportunities.

Although the score showed a heavy defeat, Winscombe played much better as a team and were unlucky not to be able to convert many goalmouth opportunities. This young fledgling team is really growing in strength and skills.

The John Hodge Solicitors players of the match were Dulcie Glossop and Katie Bowskill.

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