Winscombe held to a draw at Taw Valley

PUBLISHED: 09:20 14 October 2016

Winscombe Ladies HC 2nd XI.

Winscombe Ladies HC 2nd XI.

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A late goal earned a point for Winscombe Ladies at Taw Valley.

Taw Valley Ladies 2

Winscombe Ladies 2

Winscombe got off to a great start against Taw Valley, showing determination and great passing play.

Forwards Gabriella Richardson, Georgie Collett and Sarah Holland pressed well and midfielders Leanne Gardner, Caroline Marsh, Kelly Clark and Hannah Preston battled well and provided the forwards with attacking through balls.

Winscombe’s first goal came from a great attacking move from Vonnie Rendall, driving the ball along the back line to Collett, whose shot across the goal was converted by Clark with a spectacular reverse flick.

Taw Valley kept the pressure up and Winscombe’s defence of Chloe Brown, Michelle Isgar, Juju O’Sullivan and Charlie Edwards kept them at bay.

Unfortunately, Winscombe were caught out on a couple of breakaway attacks from Taw, which put the home team in the lead.

Player of the match Leanne Gardner displayed great fitness with her tireless work in midfield as Winscombe battled on with the whole team showing great attacking play.

Even keeper Kate Dennis got involved, starting a great counter attack from a loose ball, playing it out to Charlie Edwards and onto Imogen Marsh, whose skilful play was broken down, resulting in a short corner.

Collett, Rendall and Richardson were unlucky not to add several to the scoreline with some amazing shots thwarted by the Taw keeper. But it was Collett’s determination that eventually paid off after she expertly converted a rebound from a short corner to level the scores.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 1

Taunton Vale Ladies 3rd XI 5

A well-organised Taunton Vale proved too strong for the hosts to contain.

Winscombe started well with some strong attacking runs from forwards Vicky Burns, Tia Craig and Trudie Lynham.

However, it was not long before Vale were able to capitalise on a series of quick turnover balls to begin to turn the tide and it was the hosts defence of Jo Horwood, Trixie Osmond, Megan Coe and Laura Harvey who found themselves working hard.

Despite some strong defensive play and a series of fine saves from keeper Vicki Pagett, Taunton found the back of the net to take the lead. In response, Winscombe’s midfielders Holly Tyson, Amy Corfield, Craig and Burns, upped the tempo and won a penalty corner, which was struck home by Burns for the equaliser.

The second half found Winscombe struggling to find rhythm and structure to their play. Taunton took full advantage of this to build up a head of steam to score a further four goals before the final whistle.

Joint players of the match were Vicki Pagett and Vicky Burns.

Mendip Ladies 3rd XI 4

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 2

On the day Mendip played very well, while Winscombe played below par in the first-half, where a slow start caught them napping and they conceded three goals.

Good passing out from defence and through midfield found forward Tia Rendall, who pulled a goal back.

In the second half, Winscombe improved and Helen Sinclair played the ball over the line for Winscombe’s second goal.

Winscombe won two penalty corners in quick succession and came close, with good work from Cara Ellis, Helen Sinclair and Shirley Hartshorne.

As Winscombe pressed forward, a breakaway was pounced upon by Mendip, whose forward neatly dispatched their fourth and final goal.

Player of the match was Lucy Knapman.

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 1

Taw Valley 2nd XI 1

The fourth XI took on a well-drilled and experienced Taw Valley 2nd XI, losing narrowly.

Winscombe started the match on the back foot, but the defence held strong with Julie Mayo, Heather Hockey and Christina Ford clearing the ball and goalie Shas Bricknell making several early saves.

Winscombe took the lead against the run of play when Hannah Glossop and Sharon Morris linked up well, with Becky Matthews’ shot deflected into the goal off a defender’s stick.

Taw Valley regrouped in the second half and scored an equaliser. Player of the match Flo Wring, making her debut for Winscombe, made several penetrating moves through midfield and had several shots saved.

Junior players Tilly Graham, Ella Hutchinson, Ellie Cooke and Lydia Hodge also made valuable contributions to the match.

A fine move at the end of the match from forward Lyndsey Lawrence saw a shot narrowly miss, but a quick counter attack left the Winscombe defence exposed and Taw Valley scored with less than a minute remaining to take all three points.

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