Winscombe claim all three points with narrow victory

Kate Walker.

Kate Walker. - Credit: Archant

Winscombe Ladies defeated Bridgwater to claim all three league points available.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 1

Bridgwater Ladies 1st XI 0

WINSCOMBE Ladies secured all three points against a strong Bridgwater side.

After a slow start, Winscombe quickly gained composure and settled into play. The midfield created good early opportunities for forwards Hannah Bapty, Hannah Taylor, Gabriella Richardson and Ella Horwood, who tested the Bridgwater defence.

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Winscombe’s midfield worked tirelessly and kept the work rate high. Quick turnovers and great pressure came from Sarah Holland, Kelly Clark and Leanne Gardner.

The hosts started the second half well and early interceptions by the defence allowed them to break quickly and create chances. Charlie Philips, Julie O’Sullivan, Chloe Brown and Michelle Clarke-McCulloch made it difficult for Bridgwater to make any headway in attack.

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The all-important winning goal came from a side-line ball, when player of the match Brown saw an opportunity for midfielder Holland, to make a perfect pass into the D to find Bapty, who found Taylor to score the only goal.

Winscombe’s keeper Kate Walker made some crucial saves ensuring that Combe came away from the game with a clean sheet.

The John Hodge Solicitor’s player of the match was Chloe Brown.

ECVH Ladies 2

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 2

A LATE goal by the home side, denied Winscombe 2nd XI victory in an entertaining encounter.

Winscombe started well despite conceding an early goal and when Tia Craig made a tremendous attacking run up the pitch, she coolly sidestepped the ECVH goalie for the equaliser.

Attack and counter attack continued throughout the first-half with Caroline Marsh and Lucy Tothill working hard to intercept and distribute the ball to the Winscombe midfield.

Vonnie Rendall also worked tirelessly in supporting Winscombe’s attacking runs and her hard work was rewarded when her goal put the visitors 2-1 up at the break.

Going into the second half, Imogen Marsh, Rendall and Tia Craig continuing to link well, while Georgie Savage and fellow forward Emma Caney, also worked hard.

Winscombe keeper Vicky Whittaker pulled off several fine saves to keep the visitors in front and Niamh Hyden also put in a fine performance, along with Trudie Lynham.

The visitors were unfortunate when a block tackle at the top of their D sent the ball into the air and over the head of the Winscombe keeper to bring the scores level.

The Quilter Cheviot player of the match was Tia Craig.

Frome Ladies 2nd XI 1

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 0

THE thirds put in a much-improved performance and were unlucky to not take something from this match.

Frome’s only goal came quite early in the match from a penalty corner which managed to slip between the Winscombe goalie and defender.

Tia Rendall put in a mature performance at right back, while Maddie Bawden played the deep centre-midfield role with great determination and Elenor Philips worked hard at left midfield.

Emma Whitehead and captain Gill Harvey also put in strong performances in the midfield, while keeper Georgia Tulip stood strong to repel shots, with Jo Hann and Gail Izzard providing further protection.

Centre forward Helen Sinclair worked hard and a final penalty corner provided a chance for the visitors to draw level, but they were unable to convert.

The Quilter Cheviot player of the match was Elenor Phillips.

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 2

EVCH Ladies 2nd XI 0

WINSCOMBE 4th XI enjoyed an excellent victory over visitors EVCH.

The home side started the game well with midfielders Heather Hockey, Tracey Stokes, Lucy Kindred and Caroline Glossop linking well. Katie Semple won a penalty corner halfway through the first half and a well-struck shot from Becky Matthews was saved, but she pounced on the clearance to score.

EVCH returned with some strong play, but Jo Sawtell, Sarah Kempster, Joelee Dewy and Lucy Knapman (making her debut) defended well. However, EVCH eventually won a short penalty corner, but keeper Kait Hazzard saved the ball off the line, and it was eventually scrambled away by the defence.

After the break, Kempster and Shirley Hartshorne made some excellent long passes and Winscombe won a free hit just outside the D. The first shot was saved by the keeper, but Heather Hockey managed to slot home for her first Winscombe goal.

The Quilter Cheviot player of the match was Heather Hockey.

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