Weston ladies come out on top in 14-goal thriller

Weston Ladies 1sts 8 Taw Valley Ladies 1sts 6 - WESTON entertained North Devon side Taw at home in what proved to be a game of great goalmouth action and a flurry of goals.

Weston Ladies 1sts 8Taw Valley Ladies 1sts 6WESTON entertained North Devon side Taw at home in what proved to be a game of great goalmouth action and a flurry of goals.You would have thought that Weston had had the two-hour car journey when the game started, Annette Yates scoring for Taw within a minute with both the defence and Weston's keeper Kerry Westgate caught napping, and more of the same followed with Taw scoring two more goals within five minutes through Nicola Strawbridge and Jane Norman. Weston were stunned and thoughts of last week's defeat came flooding back. But the team rallied, Rosie Bellinger was outstanding in attack, well supported by Tina Delaney in the centre of the park and Weston quickly pulled back to 3-2 with two goals from Bellinger. But Taw were still quick on the break and they extended their lead when Charlotte Beauchamp scored from a well-struck short corner. But straight from the re-start Tina Delaney pulled a goal back. Two more goals quickly followed from Weston from two well-worked short corners through Charli Crandon and Vanessa Mawford. But Taw hit back again through Annette Yates to make the scores level at 5-5. Weston regained the lead just before half time when Michelle Aldridge slipped the ball under the outstretched Taw keeper.In the second half Weston looked the better team and extended their lead, Michelle Aldridge slamming the ball home and then Nikki Baker scored with the best celebration of the season for her first goal of the year. Taw got another goal back with a minute remaining, but Annette Yates completing her hat-trick. This game was remarkable and both teams agreed it was a delight to play. Weston's player of the match was Rosie Bellinger, Tina Delaney and Amy Taylor also deserve a mention for fine performance and also 14-year-old Kat Brown who made her first team debut. This Saturday Weston are away to Mid Somerset when they hope to keep the scoring going but also keep a clean sheet.Somerset Gryphons 2Weston Ladies 2nds 1WESTON Ladies 2nds suffered a second defeat of the season away to Somerset Gryphons. A depleted team took the lead early on, taking advantage of Gryphons being two players short, as Lynne Fryer scrambled the ball over the line.Weston pressured until the remaining two players arrived, but once the numbers were even, the experience of the opposition shone through. For the rest of the first half, the opposition attacked down the right and keeper for the first time this season, and player of the match, Rachel Armstrong saved several attempts before some good team play by the Gryphons left a player free to score.Weston regrouped and gave a much more solid performance in the second half. Charlotte Gordon was relentless defending short corners, while Jenny Purcell and Shirley Cook were solid against the skill and experience of the attack-minded opponents. Weston considered themselves unlucky not to hold on for a draw when the ball struck the back of the net after a series of short corners. The umpires played advantage after the ball had struck feet and caught the defence out. Weston would like to extend many thanks to Jo, Kira and Kate for stepping in at the last minute to give good performances up front.


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