Winscombe Ladies triumph in local derby at Weston

PUBLISHED: 15:11 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:11 17 January 2018

Winscombe Becky Matthews scores.

Winscombe Becky Matthews scores.


Winscombe Ladies started the new year in fine style with a derby victory over Weston.

Weston Ladiest 1st XI 1

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 2

Winscombe Ladies travelled away to Weston at Priory Community School and returned with all three points.

The game started at a fast pace with both teams trying get the upper hand, resulting in a majority of the first-half becoming a possession battle.

There was some brilliant attacking play from the midfield line of Kelly Clark, Holly Tyson, Hannah Preston, Michelle Isgar and Imogen Marsh, who worked as a unit to support the forwards and defence throughout the game.

After 15 minutes of play, Winscombe scored the first goal. Vonnie Rendall passed the ball to Hannah Coogan, who took a shot at goal, the ball rebounded and Sarah Holland scored to bring the first-half to a close.

Shortly after the second half started, Winscombe were awarded a short corner which Tia Craig scored from a well-worked routine.

Winscombe’s defence consisting of Katie Dennis, Charlie Phillips, Caroline Marsh, Chloe Brown and Leanne Gardner, were also kept busy and thwarted several of Weston’s attempts at scoring, however Weston managed to break through to pull one back.

Joint players of the match were Imogen Marsh and Tia Craig.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 4

Weston Ladies 2nd XI 1

With both the first and second teams playing Weston, it was to be an important derby day with not only points, but local pride at stake.

It took a while for Winscombe to find their rhythm as they were forced to soak up early pressure from Weston in the first 10 minutes, but the defence of Juju O’Sullivan, Amelia Bourton, Jodie Honour and Michelle Clarke-McCulloch held firm with some crucial saves from the Winscombe keeper, Elaina Teare.

A good defensive clearance was picked up by Jasmine Honour who drove towards the back line and into the D before shooting. The keeper got in a block, but the rebound fell sweetly for Becky Matthews to put away the first of her hat-trick.

Momentum had turned in Winscombe’s favour, the midfield of Ella Horwood, Cara Ellis, Tia Rendall and Katie Mackay kept pushing Weston back and applying more pressure which resulted in the second goal.

A free hit was passed across the D and played into the goal area, Honour’s shot was saved by the keeper and for the second time in the match, Matthews was there to pick up the rebound and score.

After the break, Winscombe scored again when Dulcie Glossop beat the keeper. Weston kept up a spirited fight and were rewarded with a goal.

The final say was Winscombe’s, a short corner strike by Matthews crashed against the backboard for her third and Winscombe’s fourth goal of the match.

Player of the match was Katie Mackay on her second team debut.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 3

Shepton Mallet 4th XI 4

This was Winscombe thirds first match of the year and they can be proud of themselves as they pushed the league leaders to the last minute of the match.

Shepton scored two goals in the first 20 minutes, the first from open play and the second from a penalty corner. Winscombe scored when Helen Sinclair hit the ball into the corner after a cross from Olivia Dilly.

Two further goals followed from Shepton after some sustained pressure on the Winscombe D made the half-time 1-4 to the visitors. The scoreline, however, did not reflect the work of Steph Osmant, Jo Horwood and Sarah Kempster in defence and keeper Georgia Tulip.

After the break, Maddy Bawden drove from deep before crossing the ball to Isabel Morgan, who drove the ball along the baseline and crossed to Sinclair to scored her second.

Keeper Georgia Tulip built attacks from the back with accurate kicks to set Anya Lawrence, Gail Izzard and Georgina Glossop off on attacks.

Winscombe’s continued pressure saw attack after attack from Lawrence and Morgan. Debutant Ciara Ambrosius slotted home Winscombe’s third after Johnson worked the ball down the right.

Winscombe finished the match looking the stronger and more confident side and it was Shepton who were relieved to hear the final whistle.

Player of the match was Stephanie Osmant.

Taunton Vale Ladies 5th XI 1

Winscombe Ladies 4th XI 1

The fourth XI travelled to Taunton Vale in a bid to collect their first points of the year.

The game started in feisty fashion with the Winscombe midfield of Sharon Morris, Gill Harvey, Flo Wring and Ella Hutchinson bossing the play, while the Vale defence matched them with some solid attempts at clearing the line.

Winscombe had a couple of attacking short corners and forwards Lynsey Lawrence, Lottie Gunter, Abi Bewley and Lauren Tyrell continued to exert pressure on their defensive counterparts.

The visitors broke the deadlock in the middle of the first-half when Caroline Glossop played a superbly weighted ball into the D which was slotted home by Hutchinson.

Taunton Vale came back strongly at the restart and the Winscombe defence of Christina Ford, Kat Dee and Glossop marked their players out of the game and were ably supported by Hutchinson, Morris and Harvey. Goalkeeper Shas Bricknell had a couple of good saves and was able to continue to frustrate the Vale attackers.

Against the run of play, Taunton Vale equalised when a deflected shot was returned back to a Vale attacker, who slotted past the Bricknell.

Determined not to concede again, Winscombe spent most of the second half camped in the Vale half of the pitch and were lucky not to score again with Gunter, Hutchinson, Glossop and Bewley all going close.

The game finished 1-1 in a repeat of the corresponding fixture, but the team can take pride in their team performance with each player working hard and producing some great hockey.

Player of the match was Ella Hutchinson.

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