Winscombe count the cost of a slow start

Helen Sinclair.

Helen Sinclair. - Credit: Archant

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI never recovered from a slow start at Taunton Civil Service and were well beaten.

Taunton CS Ladies 1st XI 4

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 2

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI struggled to find their form at Taunton Civil Service and returned with a 4-2 defeat.

The visitors took time to settle into the game and struggled to find structure and flow and were 3-0 down after 20 minutes.

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A hasty reshuffle of midfield and defensive players had the desired effect and Winscombe finally began to get into their stride. Midfielders Niamh Hyden, Holly Tyson, Imogen Marsh and Tia Craig began to connect well, while Amy Corfield made a fantastic solo run to score a fine run.

The second half saw possession more evenly shared between the two teams. Winscombe forwards Jasmine Honour, Tracey Stokes and Vonnie Rendall worked tirelessly and were unlucky with several shots going just wide of the posts.

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Visiting keeper Vicky Whittaker was forced to make a series of impressive saves before the hosts were eventually able to find the back of the net to extend their lead to 4-1.

However, Winscombe did not give up and after good work by Vonnie Rendall, player of the match Craig was able to net a second goal.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 4

South Gloucestershire 2nd XI 0

Winscombe played the match without their recognised goalkeeper due to injury and played with the bare 11 players.

Winscombe attacked right from the start with midfielders Elener Philips and Emma Whitehead combining to find Helen Sinclair, who slotted the ball home.

The visitors attacked down the middle, but Maddy Bawden in goal for the first-half, ensured that defender Sarah Johnson could clear the ball to Trudie Lynham, who crossed for Sinclair to score her the second goal.

Midfielders Gill Harvey and Georgina Glossop managed to keep the pressure on and good work by Philips, Whitehead and Lynham saw Tia Rendall net the third goal.

Captain Harvey made the unusual call to rotate the goalkeepers to allow Bawden pitch time and donned the pads herself for a player of the match performance.

After the break, defenders Shirley Hartshorne and Jo Hann found themselves under pressure, while player of the match Harvey made some wonderful saves to kept a clean sheet.

Winscombe’s fourth goal was created by Bawden, who set Rendall free to cross for Sinclair to complete her hat-trick.

The thirds remain top of their league with their last match before the mid-season point away to Bristol Bluebirds on Saturday.

Hat-trick scorer Helen Sinclair.

Sidmouth & Ottery 2nd XI 8

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 0

Winscombe 4th XI travelled away to meet second in the table Sidmouth & Ottery for one of their toughest matches of the season.

The hosts gained themselves an early lead in the first few minutes of the match, despite good play from Lucy Kindred, Lucy Knapman, Anya Lawrence and Sharon Morris in midfield.

Stand-in keeper Kat Dee, who made her debut in goal, made some amazing saves, holding the scoreline at 1-0 at half-time.

After the re-start Sidmouth stepped up their efforts and quickly scored their second goal. Hannah Glossop, Cara Ellis and Ella Hutchinson forged opportunities and won a number of penalty corners, but could not score.

Sidmouth had several good opportunities to score, but Caroline Glossop, Amy Cheeseman and Stephanie Osmont played with great determination to keep them at bay.

In the end, Sidmouth started to pass the ball well, and won several penalty corners and converted four, plus netted a further two goals from open play.

Joint players of the match were Lucy Kindred and Lucy Knapman.

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