Winscombe ladies finish with goal-less draw

Chloe Brown.

Chloe Brown. - Credit: Archant

Winscombe ladies finished their season with a goal-less draw against Bridgwater.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 0

Bridgwater Ladies 1st XI 0

WINSCOMBE travelled to Bridgwater for their last game of the season hoping to finish with a win.

The game started off at a good pace and Winscombe enjoyed a good patch of attacking play with some well worked training moves coming from Kelly Clarke and Sarah Holland, finding Gabby Richardson and Hannah Taylor in some great positions.

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Bridgwater worked well to break through the Winscombe midfield to take on the defence of Claudia Routhorn-James, Caitlin Flood, Julie O’Sullivan and Michelle Isgar. Several short corners were given away, but outstanding keeper Kate Walker kept a clean sheet into half-time.

The second half was a mirror of the first with neither team able to find the back of the net. The midfield of Leanne Gardner and Alice Sloman worked hard and player of the match Routhorn-James made a fine save on the line from a short corner.

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So, for the first time all season the game finished goal-less and after an enjoyable season led by captain Kelly Clarke, the team look forward to celebrating at the end of season dinner.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 4

Bridgwater 2nd XI 3

THIS match was a relegation battle that was played with aggression from start to finish.

Both teams came out strongly, but Winscombe midfielders Jade Barry, Chloe Brown and Charlie Phillips put immediate pressure on Bridgwater, leading to Trudie Lynham to open the scoring.

Izzy Savage and Amy Knapman added pressure with good movement and understanding and from a short corner, Lynham calmly slotted home her second.

After the break, Bridgwater started brightly and pulled a goal back. Lynham and Brown piled on the pressure and from a decisive ball into to the D, Barry got the touch to make it 3-1.

Winscombe’s back line of Rachel Wallace, Jo Horwood and Nimah Hyden stood strong and keeper Vicky Whittaker commanded her D, but Bridgwater pulled back another goal.

Winscombe fought back with Imogen Marsh and Emma Caney adding a freshness to the attack. In only her second appearance, Caney converted from a strong ball into the D.

Bridgwater scored again, but Winscombe held out for victory and stay in Sedgemoor Division 1 for another year.

The Quilter Cheviot player of the match was Chloe Brown.

Frome Ladies 3rd XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 1

THE thirds travelled to Frome for their last match of the season, knowing a win would complete their most successful season for a number of years.

The match was very scrappy and stop-start and the first-half finished goal-lesss in a physical encounter.

A number of key clearances were made by keeper Jo Sawtell and she was ably assisted by Jo Hann, Sarah Kempster, Ella Bryne and Emma Whitehead.

In the last 10 minutes of the half, Heather Batchelor, Lucy Tothill and Molly Roberts combined to feed the forwards of Shirley Hartshorne, Helen Sincair and Katie Semple.

After the break, a free hit by Kempster found Whitehead, who played a one-two with Izzard, before crossing the ball for Sinclair to net for what was to be the only goal of the game.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ player of the match was Heather Batchelor.

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