Winscombe Ladies earn valuable point in hard-fought encounter

PUBLISHED: 12:19 07 November 2018

Winscombe Ladies HC 1st XI.

Winscombe Ladies HC 1st XI.

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Winscombe hung on to earn a valuable point against Isca in a fast-paced match.

Winscombe Ladies 2

Isca Ladies 2

Winscombe played under lights against a tough Isca team where the fast pace of the game was a challenge for all.

Winscombe struggled to get circle entry in the first half and were under constant attack. The defenders led by the captain Kate Dennis kept strong and created some attacking moves, especially by Charlie Philips. Winscombe defended several short corners but after a break in open play, Isca went a goal ahead.

The hosts rallied and with hard work from the midfield were able to create several chances on goal and Hannah Coogan calmly slotted the ball into the back of the goal to equalise.

After the half time break, Winscombe were determined to keep possession and win shots or short corners. Possession was held more in this half with good work rate from Sarah Holland and Elsa Greed.

However, despite improved possession Iisca broke and scored a second goal. Time was runnning out and Winscombe needed something special to outwit the visitors.

Gabby Richardson took the ball to the back line and from an tight angle chipped the ball and beat the keeper putting it into the top corner of the net.

Winscombe had minutes to hold their nerve before the final whistle and the team followed their coaches’ advice to keep the ball in the attacking half and retain possession.

When the final whistle went, Winscombe were happy to gain a valuable point. Player of the match was Gabby Richardson.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 2

Cheddar Ladies 2nd XI 1

As expected, this local derby between hosts, Winscombe thirds and newly-promoted Cheddar seconds was a tensely fought match.

Cheddar took an early lead, leaving Winscombe looking flustered as they struggled to settle into the game.

However, Winscombe started to work the ball up the pitch with midfielders Georgina Glossop, Emma Whitehead and Chloe Lawson linking well with forwards Georgie Collett, Jazz Honour, Ciara Ambrosius and Faye Carney to create several scoring opportunities.

Eventually Winscombe’s persistence paid off when player of the match Collett chipped the ball over the keeper’s head to bring the hosts level by the break.

The second half saw Winscombe regain some of the composure which had been lacking during their earlier play.

A period of sustained pressure in the Cheddar 25 eventually led to a penalty flick being awarded following a goalmouth scramble which, once again, Collett lifted coolly over the keeper’s head to put the hosts in front.

Despite numerous short corners Winscombe were unable to extend their lead, while some fine sliding saves by keeper Fran Brown ensured Cheddar were denied the chance to equalise, leaving Winscombe relieved to have secured themselves an important three-point win.

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