Weston ladies register second win of the season

Winscombe HC ladies.

Winscombe HC ladies. - Credit: Archant

Weston ladies recorded their second win of the season against Chard.

Weston Ladies 1st XI 3

Chard Ladies 0

WESTON ladies travelled to Chard hoping for their second win of the season.

The side got off to a great start, showing attacking play from the off. The midfield of Lucy Clarke, Katie Elliot and Sophie Kramer got the ball moving forward for the front players to pick up.

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Weston had many shots on goal testing the goal keeper when they were awarded a penalty corner. With a shot kicked off the line, Weston were given a flick in which captain Charli Dale converted.

Chard’s defence stood firm with some powerful hits creating breaks for their front players to take a run at Weston’s defence. However, Weston’s back four of Hayley Mawford, Claire Westgate, Charlotte Gordon and Charli Crandon were in good form.

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Before the first-half whistle went, Rosie Bellinger set up Lucy Clarke to slot home the second goal of the match.

The second half started with Chard the stronger team, but Weston stayed strong. A series of passes through midfield allowed Lysette Bassett to score Weston’s third and final goal of the game to secure them with three points.

Weston’s Mercedes man of the match went to Charlotte Gordon.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 5

Bridgwater Ladies 1st XI 0

AFTER a brilliant start to the season, Winscombe were under pressure to keep up the winning streak with a tough game against Bridgwater.

The game started at high tempo and a short corner was converted by stand-in captain Kelly Clark.

Maintaining possession of the ball, a solid Winscombe defensive unit of Charlie Phillips, Cat Evans, Juju O’Sullivan and Michelle Isgar transferred the ball around into the D. Midfielder Kelly Clark found Hannah Taylor in the D to score the second.

After the half time-break, Winscombe retained their high work rate, with midfielders Jade Barry, Chloe Brown, Leanne Gardner keeping hold of the ball. Sarah Holland carried the ball into the top of the D to find Taylor again to make it 3-0.

Quick passing around the back through the midfield, found Holland on the attack who carried the ball into the D and found the back of the net for Winscombe’s fourth.

Winscombe did not let up and continued to press the Bridgwater back line, with Elly Yard and Izzy Savage ready for any rebounds, but it was Gardner’s shot that completed the scoring.

Composed defence and excellent goalkeeping by Kate Walker, kept the Bridgwater forwards at bay, enabling a Winscombe clean sheet and a 5-0 win. The Quilter Cheviot Investment Management player of the match was Cat Evans.

Winscombe keeper Kate Walker in action with defenders Izzy Savage and Jade Barry.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 1

West Wilts 3rd XI 0

IT MAY not have been a goal feast, but the thirds played skilful hockey for the duration of the match against opposition who were relegated last season.

Dominating possession, the Winscombe midfield of Molly Roberts, Gail Izzard, Gill Harvey and Emma Whitehead created many chances.

Winscombe had a goal disallowed by Gail Izzard, while at the other end, keeper Fran Eaton and her defensive team of Jo Sawtell, Jo Hann and Sarah Kempster were in good form.

After the break, Winscombe’s good work by Whitehead, Katie Bowskill and Hartshorne set up Hannah Hussey to score her first goal of the season.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ player of the match was Molly Roberts.

Taunton Civil Service 1st XI 14

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 0

IN A league that is clearly mismatching teams and abilities, the newly-formed fourth team came up against an established club’s first team with inevitable consequences.

With only 11 players and no regular goalkeeper, Rachel Wallace stepped up to take on the role of goalkeeper.

Winscombe midfielders Tracey Stokes, Tia Craig, Tia Rendall and Hannah Glossop intercepted the ball a number of times and passed to Dulcie Glossop, Elener Phillips and Megan Roach on the forward line. However, the experience of the Taunton defenders showed as they struggled to get many shots on goal.

Winscombe’s defenders Lucy Slater, Jess Gadd and Caroline Glossop were kept busy and at half-time the score was 8-0.

Rachel Wallace stepped into defence for the second half and Winscombe held their own in the second half, but were eventually beaten 14-0.

Winscombe now has four teams playing league hockey and would like to hear from any qualified umpires who may be available for some occasional matches on a Saturday.

Please get in touch and find out more at www.pitchero.com/clubs/winscombeladieshockeyclub

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