Weakened Winscombe lose narrowly to Clifton

Winscombe Ladies Hockey Club 2nd XI.

Winscombe Ladies Hockey Club 2nd XI. - Credit: Archant

Winscombe ladies 1st XI lost narrowly to Clifton, despite missing several key players.

Clifton Ladies 3rd XI 1

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 0

WINSCOMBE were determined to do well, despite having key players missing due to illness.

The first half saw an outstanding performance from the whole team to keep Clifton at bay and the work rate to keep hassling them in making mistakes paid off.

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This happened right from the start with Hannah Taylor and Izzy Savage leading the line. At 0-0 at half-time, Winscombe were optimistic going into the second period.

Once again, work rate and determination paid off with some great passages of play, led by Sarah Holland and Chloe Brown. Unfortunately, a brief lapse in concentration saw the opposition score quite early on in the second half.

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After this, keeper Kate Walker saved several shots from Clifton short corners to keep Winscombe in the game and as the half went on, the visitors tired and the few chances to score were not seized.

The John Hodge Solicitors player of the match was Chloe Brown.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 1

White Eagles 2nd XI 0

THE seconds knew this was a match that they could win as long as they continued to play with the spirit and commitment they have developed.

Winscombe began to emerge as the more disciplined side. Their quick turnover balls and effective tackling started to pay off as they began to pressurise the White Eagles’ defence.

Eventually, Caroline Marsh managed to win a series of short corners and it was from a well injected ball from Ella Horwood, that Marsh was able to slip the ball to Winscombe captain Jodie Honour to firmly slap the ball into the back of the Eagles net.

The home side were determined to hold onto their lead and the encouragement and communication throughout the Winscombe team ensured they remained in front with visitors struggling to trouble the Winscombe.

The Quilter Cheviot joint players of the match were Caroline Marsh and Ella Horwood.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 2

Frome Ladies 3rd XI 1

THE third team can be very proud as they maintained their levels of determined and text-book attacking and defending to secure a vital win in their run-in for promotion.

The first goal came from a period of intense pressure on the Frome goal, which saw Hannah Hussey rush the goalie and slip the ball past for Winscombe’s opener. Heather Hockey and Lucy Tothill held the midfield brilliantly, as did Molly Roberts, Emma Whitehead and captain Gill Harvey.

Frome played well, defending with determination and numbers, while managing the odd attack. It was one such breakaway that resulted in a well-taken goal which caught out the Winscombe defence.

It was a match that would be remembered for Winscombe’s second goal, which came from an amazing clearance from defender Sarah Kempster, which travelled the length of the pitch to find the waiting Chloe Sinclair, who took on three Frome defenders, before coolly slotted home the winner into the corner of the net.

The John Hodge Solicitors player of the match was Chloe Sinclair.

Burnham Ladies 1st XI 12

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 1

SHOWING great determination and strength of character, the 4th XI took on the Burnham first team.

Burnham opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes, but Winscombe responded with a lovely goal set up by Vonnie Rendall and finished off by Katie Bowskill.

Rebecca Budd was a stand-in goalie for the day and she performed well, taking up good positions and making several good saves.

The defence was strong with help from Jo Sawtell and Kait Hazzard had some great 16-yard hit outs Tia Craig. Lauryn Nigh, Tracey Stokes and Bowsill worked well together, helped out by Maddie Bawden and Elener Phillips.

The second half started well with Winscombe pushing for a second goal in. Moral was knocked somewhat after Burnham started to score freely with some fantastic finishing.

Bowskill worked brilliantly after moving into a midfield position and pushed the ball wide out to Oceanne Shears and Katie Price.

The John Hodge Solicitors player of the match was Katie Bowskill.

Photo caption: Winscombe 2nds enjoyed a good win and 3 league points.

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