Winscombe ladies lose out in five-goal thriller

Hannah Taylor.

Hannah Taylor. - Credit: Archant

Winscombe ladies lost 3-2 to Redland, with the winning goal scored in the last few minutes.

Redland Ladies 3

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 2

WINSCOMBE ladies travelled to Redland UWE Hockey Club, but were beaten by a late goal

Winscombe adapted well to the water-based pitch and the game began by both teams working hard to gain possession. Redland were dominant in their attempts and had several attacks at goal.

The Winscombe defence of Vicki Pagett, Julie O’Sullivan, Caroline Marsh, Michelle Isgar, Caitlin Flood and Claudia Routhorn-James worked tirelessly to prevent any goals from being scored.

Unfortunately, Redland scored from a short corner and soon after scored a second goal, also from a short corner.

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The midfield of Kelly Clark, Leanne Gardner and Sarah Holland continued to create opportunities for forwards Gabby Richardson, Hannah Taylor and Hannah Hussey.

Gabby Richardson seized on an opportunity in the middle of the pitch and was too quick for the Redland defence and scored shortly before half-time.

After the break, Winscombe attacked strongly with the midfield working together to create space. In the D, Hannah Taylor took advantage of a well-worked move to net equalise at 2-2.

Winscombe continued to push hard to find a winner, but it was Redland who snatched a goal to take all three points right at the end of the match.

John Hodge Solicitor’s player of the match was Hannah Taylor.

Winscombe’s player of the match Hannah Taylor.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 0

ECVH Ladies 5

WITH ECVH at the top of the table, Winscombe knew this was going to be one of their toughest fixtures to date.

Winscombe forwards Chloe Brown, Amy Knapman, Hannah Quantick and Trudie Lynham worked tirelessly to retain possession, along with some outstanding supportive play from deep midfielder, Charlie Phillips.

However, the visitors began to find their shape and went on the counter attack, resulting in a 2-0 lead at half-time.

The second half saw Winscombe continue to make ECVH work hard, with Hannah Bapty in particular displaying confidence and skill on the ball, while midfielders Niamh Hyden and Georgina Catlow worked hard.

Attack and counter attack produced some exciting end-to-end hockey with Winscombe keeper Jo Sawtell being forced to make some impressive saves.

Despite Winscombe’s improved performance, ECVH were too strong to contain and they converted three more of their chances into goals to secure a good win.

The John Hodge Solicitors’ player of the match was Chloe Brown

Marlborough Ladies 3rd XI 4

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 1

THE thirds travelled to Marlborough in Wiltshire to face the team at the top of the table and were beaten 4-1.

In spite of early pressure, it was Marlborough’s young talented players who broke through the defensive line of Rachel Wallace, Jo Hann, Vicky Whittaker, Sarah Kempster and Katie Semple to score their first goal.

Winscombe forwards, Emma Caney, Ella Byrne and Molly Roberts received good service from midfielders of Becky Mathews, Imogen Marsh, Gail Izzard and Emma Whitehead.

Good attacking moves resulted in a couple of shots going just wide before Becky Mathews scored the equaliser in the 25th minute, but Marlborough scored just before half-time.

The second half saw Marlborough score two more goals, despite player of the match, Helen Sinclair making some fine saves.

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