Winscombe Ladies return home with all three points

PUBLISHED: 15:12 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:12 08 November 2017

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Winscombe Ladies returned from Taunton Vale with all three points after an excellent 2-0 victory.

Taunton Vale Ladies 3rd XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 2

An early start away from home saw Winscombe taking on Taunton Vale, returning with an excellent victory.

From the push back, Winscombe set out with high tempo of play with short sharp passes, working the ball well around the back, creating great attacking play in the first 10 minutes, giving the Taunton Vale defence an early wake up call.

Winscombe were quick to work out Taunton Vale’s match play, which allowed Winscombe the space to run with the ball. The pace of the game was to dip, but the midfield of Kelly Clark, Imogen Marsh, Holly Tyson and Mish Isgar worked hard to find Winscombe’s form again.

Just before half time, Caroline Marsh turned over the ball, finding Leanne Gardner who moved the ball quickly through Imogen Marsh to Sarah Holland. Holland fired across the D for Hannah Coogan to slot home making it 1-0.

Winscombe showed great discipline after the break, holding onto the ball well and transferring across the back line of Charlie Phillips to Marsh through to the attacking right back.

Chloe Brown found opportunities with player of the match Imogen Marsh to work the ball well up the right, pressing the Taunton Vale defence with forwards Gabby Richardson, Vonnie Rendall and Hannah Coogan unlucky not to score.

Winscombe’s possessional play was rewarded when Clark converted a short corner with a straight strike from the top of the D, to make it an excellent away win.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 0

Mid Somerset Ladies 1st XI 3

Winscombe soon lost their first push back advantage as Mid Somerset darted in with a quick interception.

For the next 10 minutes, Mid Somerset applied considerable pressure to the Winscombe defence of JuJu O’Sullivan, Jo Horwood and player of the match Amelia Bourton and were rewarded with a goal.

The run of play started to change thanks to the tireless work of midfielders Ella Horwood, Claudia King, Cara Ellis and Hannah Preston. Winscombe were awarded a short corner, but Georgie Savage’s strike pinged off the goal post.

Unfortunately Mid Somerset broke again and after much confusion in the D, were awarded a second goal.

Winscombe came out strongly in the second half creating some good chances for Dulcie Glossop, Tia Randell and Jasmine Honour. Winscombe were again caught out, allowing them to score their third goal.

Eliana Teare made some fantastic saves against her old club in the dying minutes of the game to keep the score at 3-0.

Hanham Ladies 1st XI 3

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 2

This was a match of contrasting hockey playing styles – a free-scoring, experienced, Hanham first team which was heading the table, versus a newly-promoted Winscombe team with a good mix of experienced and talented younger players.

It was Winscombe that had the early run of play and pressure and when a through ball from Gail Izzard allowed Helen Sinclair to score the opening goal of the match.

Winscombe took advantage of their dominant attacking play to make the score 0-2 with Georgina Glossop scoring their second goal, and her first league goal from an attacking penalty corner.

In the second half, Winscombe were under pressure for the first 15 minutes of the match, but keeper Shas Bricknell and the defensive work of Sarah Johnson, Jodie Honour and Steph Osmant cleared any danger balls and Osmant’s brilliant stop on the line from a Hanham attacking short corner kept Hanham out.

Winscombe midfielders Izzard, Bawden, Lucy Kindred, Glossop and Emma Whitehead’s created opportunities for forwards Olivia Dilly, Becky Matthews and Sinclair in front of goal.

A nightmare last 15 minutes and lack of concentration cost Winscombe the game, as Hanham scored two goals in quick succession to bring the match level. It was a cruel blow to Winscombe when Hanham counter-attacked to score the winner.

The player of the match was Steph Osmant.

Winscombe Under-14s 0

Corsham 4

Sunday saw a young Winscombe Juniors Under-14 team (with some players as young as 11) take on Corsham in the league at Gordano School.

The girls played really well and will use this match experience to develop their teamwork, individual play and skills.

Over enthusiasm with crowding in the first half allowed Corsham to attack the Winscombe goal in numbers and to score four goals.

In the second half however, every player showed they had listened carefully to the half time team talk. The girls were also asked to show more composure on the ball.

They worked tirelessly and never gave up, keeping a clean sheet in the second half and even managed several counter-attacks into the Corsham half of the pitch.

“The girls defended brilliantly and put in a very good performance - particularly in the second half,” said team manager Sarah Holland.

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