Winscombe Ladies give students a lesson in finishing

PUBLISHED: 14:07 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 25 October 2017

- Mandatory by-line: Paul Knight - Mobile: 07973 208118 - 17/10/2015 -  HOCKEY - King Alfred School - Highbridge, England -  Winscombe 1st XI v Clifton 3rd XI - West Clubs Women's Hockey League - Central

- Mandatory by-line: Paul Knight - Mobile: 07973 208118 - 17/10/2015 - HOCKEY - King Alfred School - Highbridge, England - Winscombe 1st XI v Clifton 3rd XI - West Clubs Women's Hockey League - Central

Paul Knight

Winscombe Ladies proved too strong for Bristol Uni as they cruised to a comfortable victory.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 4

Bristol Uni 3rd XI 0

Winscombe Ladies were certain to capitalise on the skill, effort and determination that had been built upon during the previous games.

Keen for three points, Winscombe started hard, but the university team had strong determination and pace to battle against Winscombe.

The first half saw the ball in both attacking circles with goalkeepers providing the final line of defence and keeping the score goalless at half time.

It was evident in the first few minutes of the second half that strong team talks had occurred by both teams, but Winscombe fought hard with a strong attack, which resulted in Winscombe scoring the first goal with Holly Tyson converting a penalty flick.

Having broken the deadlock to take the lead, Winscombe’s confidence was high. It wasn’t long before the game opened up and following a smooth transition out of defence by Caroline Marsh, finding player of the match Gabby Richardson, who fed a perfect ball to second goal scorer Sarah Holland.

The university side were still determined to convert their chances, but Winscombe’s defence of Michelle Isgar, Leanne Gardner, Chloe Brown and Charlie Phillips along with goalkeeper Kate Dennis, denied them.

After all their close encounters with the goal-line, Winscombe were able to continue to feed the ball back to the attacking end of the pitch, with Kelly Clark receiving the ball in the opposition’s D who sneaked a reverse hit past the keeper for Winscombe’s third.

In the closing minutes of the match, Richardson took a stunning strike from the left following a short corner, which slammed into the backboard leaving the Uni keeper rooted to the spot.

Burnham Ladies 1st XI 3

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 1

The seconds got off to a rough start in their match against Burnham.

From the first push back, Burnham broke through Winscombe’s defence to have several shots on goal which were successfully saved by keeper Victoria Whittaker. After a battle against Winscombe’s defence including Amelia Bourton and Michelle Clarke-McCulloch, Burnham scored a goal from a rebounded save from Winscombe’s defence. Just before half time, Burnham netted their second goal.

Winscombe started the second half like a new team, with midfielders Lucy Knapman and Hannah Preston to the fore, while Claudia King and Ella Horwood helped to secure several short corners.

Despite numerous shots from Tia Rendall, Jasmine Honour and Cara Ellis, being saved, Winscombe fought hard in Burnham’s half and their hard work paid off as Georgie Savage netted.

Burnham were quick back on the ball after the goal and despite good defensive skills from Jo Horwood and Laura Harvey, Burham managed to score a third goal.

Keynsham Ladies 2nd XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 2

The predicted storms held off, but Winscombe 3rds started their own storm by attacking straight from the start and coming away with a victory.

Winscombe forwards Isabel Morgan, Helen Sinclair, Olivia Dilly and Shirley Hartshorne broke through on numerous occasions to be thwarted by good defending, the keeper, crossbar and posts, as the half finished goalless.

Straight from the Keynsham centre-pass, Morgan intercepted the ball and worked with her fellow forwards before slotting home a great reverse stick goal.

The midfield of Whitehead, Gail Izzard, Maddy Bawden and Anya Lawrence ensured the tempo of the match remained high, while the defensive unit of Sarah Kempster, JuJu O’Sullivan and Steph Osmant and keeper Shas Bricknell had little to do.

Winscombe’s second and final goal came from a short corner when Sinclair managed to slot a rebound home and near the end Hartshorne’s scooped shot hit the post.

The player of the match was vice-captain Anya Lawrence.

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 1

Chard Ladies 1st XI 7

The fourths started their game with enthusiasm, eagerness and invery windy conditions.

Immediately, Jodie Honour, Christina Ford, Flo Wring and their goalkeeper Becca Young were put under pressure by Chard’s forwards, which resulted in an early goal.

Player of the match Katie Mackay, Lucy Gomm and Amy Cheeseborough worked hard in the middle to try and create chances, but were met by a strong opposition and therefore the first half finished with Chard 3-0 up.

Winscombe came back fighting and good links between Ella Hutchinson, Haniya Jarman and Lyndsey Lawrence created the opportunity for Mackay to score.

However, even with all their determination and perseverance, Chard’s experience led them to a game that resulted in a 7-1 victory.

Redland UWE Ladies 11

Winscombe Ladies 5th XI 1

An under-strength fifth team travelled to Bristol for their game against a strong Redland UWE side.

It was a first game for both Anna Littlewood-Hilsdon and Aliyah James, who both played well. It was always going to be a tough match with two players short and the defence of Julie Mayo, Sophie Manning and Kat Dee fought hard to keep their attackers at bay.

Eleanor Thatcher gave a strong performance in the centre along with Michelle Ho, who unfortunately sustained an injury and had to leave the pitch and Gill Harvey, but they struggled to get the ball up to forward Trudie Lynham.

Player of the match was Eleanor Thatcher.

Are you a qualified hockey umpire? Do you have availability on Saturdays (either on a match-by-match basis or most Saturdays during the season)?

If so, Winscombe Ladies Hockey Club would like to hear from you. Please contact Gail Izzard ( for further information including payment and travelling expenses.

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