Weston defeated in derby by late strike

Playing for the first time in several seasons, Weston ladies lost to Winscombe in a league derby match.

Weston Ladies 1st XI 1

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 2

Weston Ladies 1st XI took on Winscombe in the first derby encounter for a number of seasons, but with last season’s promotion came the opportunity to play them once again.

With the Winscombe supporters outnumbering the players on the Winscombe team, Weston knew they were in for a tough time.

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Weston started well, camped out in the Winscombe half for the first 10 minutes of the game, the forwards sending wave after wave of attack into the Winscombe D, but were unable to convert.

Winscombe were quick on the break with lots of pace up front, but Weston’s defence weathered the storm well and the game was goal-less at the break.

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Aware that the second half was what let them down last week, Weston were keen to keep their heads and play some good hockey after the restart.

Unfortunately, Winscombe soon found their rhythm and with some quick triangle passing found themselves through on goal and were able to convert this attack into the first goal of the match, netted by Georgie Collett.

Determined not to let Winscombe maintain the upper hand, Weston stepped up their pressing game and it paid off. A great closing run from player of the match Taylor Kingscott deflected the ball into the path of another Weston forward, who was able to play the ball into the D for Oliver to convert.

With only 10 minutes remaining, Weston decided to protect their hard-earned point and switch to a 4-4-2 formation to see the game out. Winscombe’s triangle passing was once again the undoing of Weston, with K Westgate valiantly stopping a Winscombe shot on the line with her body.

A penalty flick was awarded and despite Brown going the right way, the goal was scored by Collett and the game ended at 2-1.

Milton Larder player of the match went to Taylor Kingscott. Winscombe player of the match was Gabby Richardson.

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