Winscombe Ladies' winning start

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 5 Cheddar Ladies 2nd XI 1 - WINSCOMBE Ladies have started the season on a high, gaining another three points.

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 5

Cheddar Ladies 2nd XI 1

WINSCOMBE Ladies have started the season on a high, gaining another three points.

New to the first team, Kate Burdge sealed Winscombe's first goal in only a matter of minutes. Winscombe continued to press on eager to keep Cheddar from scoring, and for most of the match managed to press the game into only one half of the pitch, leaving a wall of defence at the half way line.

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Holly Freemantle relieved some of Winscombe's tension by hitting home another great goal to firmly put Winscombe ahead. Edging closer to half time both teams stepped up their game looking to find the next goal, but it was Winscombe who got their first with Amy Izzard and Michelle Isgar working together to intercept a hard cross and slip it behind the goalie.

Only a few minutes later, Cheddar responded by breaking away down the pitch, despite being closed down by goalie Kate Walker, Cheddar scored to leave the score 3-1 for half time.

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In the second half, Chloe Brown channeled well and Burdge, Keri Willis and Liz McConnell created space and had some good shots up front, while Kelly Clarke and Fran Taylor attacked through the middle and made good passes and crucial crosses.

The hard work paid off as Willis made a great deflection into the net for Winscombe. This didn't slow Cheddar down, as they continued to push on, but were met by a strong defence of Charlie Edwards and Vicky Bird cutting out the centre and Amy Izzard and Holly Freemantle protecting the lines.

The game was ended however, on a high for Winscombe. After two assisted goals, Michelle Isgar finally managed to score one herself.

New hockey players are most welcome to come along to training (goalies or aspiring

goalies are particularly welcome). The first two training sessions are tasters and are free

of charge.

For further details please contact Gail Izzard on 07981 550 488 or email: Qualified umpires in need of additional matches or

budding umpires wanting to try their hand at umpiring are also invited to contact the club.

Winscombe Ladies 2nds - 1

ECVH 2nds - 8

Winscombe Seconds fielded a substantially new team for this first league match of the season.

Although they had won the first few friendly matches fairly comfortably they knew this game would be tough.

With regular goalie Vicki Pagett injured, the team were grateful to Paula Gibbs for stepping into the breach (and goalie kit). She made some great saves, and continually encouraged from the back.

Winscombe were not disappointed with the 3-1 half-time scoreline, they had played some good hockey and had several shots on goal with Amelia Bourton slipping a great ball past the ECVH goalie. However, in the second half, ECVH came out fighting and Winscombe, without any subs, could not find the energy to counter the strong ECVH attack, particularly down the centre.

Newcomer Jo Elliot had an excellent game at right forward, displaying strength and determination, and Hannah Folkes was tireless in moving around the pitch and providing energy up front.

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