Winscombe Ladies lose out in seven-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 11:29 20 October 2017

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Winscombe Ladies came up agonisingly short in a seven-goal thriller against Clifton Ladies third team.

Clifton Ladies 3rd XI 4

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 3

This was potentially an important fixture for Winscombe as Clifton look like they are the team to beat in this season’s Central League.

Winscombe gave an excellent account of themselves against the league leaders, but disappointingly came up just short in a seven-goal thriller.

Clifton opened the scoring late in the first half, but Winscombe replied almost immediately with a clinical finish from Tia Craig following some excellent build-up play from the back by Caroline Marsh, Chloe Brown and Hannah Coogan.

In the second half, the possession once again belonged to Winscombe, but a breakaway player for Clifton managed to score a second goal.

Winscombe won numerous short corners and had some fantastic shots and finished one with a straight strike from player of the match Kelly Clark. Clark scored again soon after with a reverse shot across the back line.

The press from the whole squad was fantastic and they were determined to keep the lead. However, the Clifton player broke once again and despite numerous saves from Winscombe keeper Kate Dennis, Clifton scored again.

At 3-3, the game was in the balance with only a few minutes to go. Unfortunately it was Clifton who clinched the winner in the dying minutes, converting a penalty corner. Winscombe almost equalised again, only to see the shot saved off the line by a Clifton defender.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 1

Taunton Vale Ladies 4th XI 2

The seconds played host to Taunton Vale for this closely-contested fixture and began the first half with some determined attacking play.

Jasmine Honour, Georgie Savage and Dulcie Glossop all worked hard to create scoring opportunities, with excellent supporting play from midfielders Hannah Preston, Georgie Savage and Ella Horwood.

A defensive error, following a substitution due to injury, saw Taunton take advantage of a chink in the Winscombe defence to put them in front.

However, Winscombe did not let up and were rewarded when a short corner awarded to Winscombe saw Georgie Savage make a strike on goal, which was helped on its way by Tia Randall, eventually falling to player of the match Ella Horwood to chip it across the line to put the hosts level.

The second half continued with a fairly even run of play between the two teams. Winscombe’s Cara Ellis, Lucy Knapman and Lucy Kindred all worked hard to support midfield play, with keeper Vicky Whittaker directing the defensive line to hold off Vale’s attacking runs.

However, a short corner awarded to Vale was not read well by the Winscombe defence and they were able to snatch the winner.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 5

Lodway Ladies 1st XI 4

Winscombe thirds wanted to take the momentum from last week’s winning match into this challenging fixture.

They started well and had a goal ruled out as the ball had not left the D before the goal was scored. Unperturbed, Helen Sinclair soon slotted home a legitimate goal to open the scoring from Winscombe, the first of a hat-trick for Sinclair.

Winscombe’s midfield of Gerogina Glossop, Gail Izzard, player of the match Anya Lawrence and Maddy Bawden all played well, giving forwards Olivia Dilly, Becky Matthews, Shirley Hartshorne and Sinclair plenty of chances.

Winscombe scored straight from the start of the second half before the game became end-to-end as Lodway scored three times.

Temporarily stunned, Winscombe quickly re-grouped and Izzard scored the equaliser. Winscombe keeper Georgia Tulip and defenders Steph Osmant, JuJu O’Sullivan and Emma Whitehead continued to defend strongly and build the attacks.

Matthews scored Winscombe’s fourth before O’Sullivan, Lawrence and Matthews combined to find Sinclair, who beat the keeper for her third and Winscombe’s fifth and winning goal, while Lodway showed great character to score a fourth goal.

Bridgwater Ladies 2nd XI 2

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 2

The fourths travelled to Bridgwater to face the town’s second team who were level with them in the league after four games played.

The defensive trio of Flo Wring, Kat Dee and Christina Ford were well marshalled by goalkeeper Elainna Teare, with wings Hannah Glossop and Haniya Jarman pushing forward.

Great play between Lauren Tyrell and Ella Hutchinson saw some excellent shots on goal that were saved by the Bridgwater keeper.

Midfielder and captain Gill Harvey worked tirelessly and linked up well with Katie Mackay, but it was Bridgwater who scored the only goal of the half.

The second half started brightly with end-to-end play before Winscombe conceded a short corner after 10 minutes. The Winscombe midfield raised the tempo and some excellent passing from Jarman, Harvey and Glossop released Tyrell for a shot that was blocked by the keeper, but straight back to Wring who netted.

With six minutes left, Mackay scored an outstanding goal by driving into the D and scoring from an acute angle for the equaliser.

Cheddar Ladies 2nd XI 2

Winscombe Ladies 5th XI 1

Winscombe knew this would be a tough game against top of the table Cheddar.

From the start, keeper and player of the match Vicki Pagett had to put her back line of Sophie Manning, Amy Cheeseborough and Evie Puddy to work immediately to thwart the Cheddar attack.

Puddy and Lottie Gunter worked hard up the middle, but Cheddar struck first from a goalmouth scramble.

The Winscombe midfield of Erin Crofts, Abbey Bewley and Erin Watkins started to play creative hockey that put Cheddar under pressure and both Isla Skudder and Tilly Graham were unlucky not to convert their chances.

The second half started much the same and it took everything Pagett and Puddy had to keep Cheddar out. With confidence growing and Watkins and Bewley linking up well, the Winscombe forward line of newcomer Charlotte Olding and Graham continued to put pressure on the attacking D, before Skudder equalised.

Esme Dury and Cheeseborough settled nerves at the back, but Cheddar took their final chance and converted from the top of the D for the winner.

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