Winscombe win promotion in last game of the season

PUBLISHED: 09:29 02 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:30 02 April 2015

Winscombe 3rd XI.

Winscombe 3rd XI.

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Winscombe ladies 3rd XI clinched promotion by winning their last match of the season against Keynsham.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 5

Keynsham 3rd XI 1

WINSCOMBE thirds celebrated promotion by winning their last match of the season in style and scoring the opening goal within the first 20 seconds.

Winscombe got off to a flyer when Hannah Hussey took on the Keynsham defenders to calmly slot home Winscombe’s opener. A second goal soon followed, again scored by Hussey, who fully deserved her player of the match award.

Winscombe’s third goal came from a volley of shots and goalmouth pressure from forwards Helen Sinclair and Katie Bowskill with Chloe Sinclair’s final shot going over the line, before Keynsham pulled a goal back from a penalty.

Winscombe re-grouped at half-time and following a team talk by coach Bernie Richardson, scored another two goals.

The pressing and defending by the Winscombe midfield including Lucy Tothill and captain Gill Harvey set up numerous attacks. Sinclair showed composure beyond her years and clever stick skills to net Winscombe’s fourth and fifth goals.

The John Hodge Solicitors player of the match was Hannah Hussey.

Clevedon Ladies 1st XI 0

Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 8

WINSCOMBE first team finished third in the Central Division table, the highest they have ever finished after a 8-0 rout of bottom club Clevedon.

Winscombe started strongly, but failed to convert their early chances. Clevedon even managed to put pressure on Winscombe’s defensive unit, but Cat Evans, Chloe Brown, Michelle Isgar, Julie O’Sullivan and Kate Walker kept their attack at bay.

The deadlock was broken when a fine pass from Charlie Philips set Hannah Taylor free, who made a pin-point pass for Gabby Richardson to score.

This was the start of Winscombe’s domination of the game and they went into the break 3-0 up with a goal from Taylor and a second from Richardson after a wonderful pass from Izzy Savage.

After the break, Winscombe continued to dominate due to Kelly Clark, Sarah Holland and Elly Yard’s formidable midfield performance.

Taylor scored the next two to secure her hat-trick. Winscombe’s sixth goal completed a second hat-trick, this time for Richardson. Taylor’s fourth goal and Leanne Gardner finished off Winscombe’s scoring after another assist from Savage.

Captain Gabby Richardson said: “It has been a brilliant season with commitment, determination and passion from all players. Thank you and well done girls.”

The John Hodge Solicitors player of the match was Gabby Richardson.

Winscombe Ladies 2nd XI 2

Weston Ladies 1st XI 2

THE second team rounded off their season with a 2-2 draw against Weston.

Weston began strongly and keeper Vicky Whittaker directed much of the defensive play, communicating well with defenders Jo Horwood, Rachel Wallace, Caitlin Flood and Niamh Hyden.

Whittaker was called upon to make several impressive saves, but was eventually left frustrated when a cross resulted in the ball finding the back of the net.

Midfielders Imogen Marsh, Ella Horwood, Jodie Honor and Georgie Savage worked hard, linking well with Caroline Marsh and Trudie Lynham, as well as forwards Amy Knapman and Emma Caney.

After the break, Caney and Knapman both broke away and steamed into the Weston D, with Knapman managing to push the ball over the line at full stretch. Weston managed to capitalise on a defensive error to regain the lead.

However, the hosts were able to mount a decisive counter attack as Wallace, Marsh and Savage worked the ball up the right to set Caney and Knapman off on another attacking run, culminating in a further goal from Knapman.

The Quilter Cheviot player of the match was Amy Knapman.

Weston Ladies 2nd XI 3

Winscombe Ladies IV XI 1

THE fourth team ended the season with defeat against Weston.

They started the match well, with Vonnie Rendall, Hannah Glossop and Maddie Bawden putting pressure on the Weston keeper and Rendall was able to score after a few minutes.

Lauryn Nigh, Caroline Glossop, Tia Craig and Oceanne Shears worked hard in midfield, but Weston won a short corner after some good attacking pressure and their well organised routine saw a firm strike deflected into the goal.

This seemed to lift the Weston team, who put the defence under pressure, but Lucy Slater, Tia Rendall, Becca Budd and Kait Hazzard stood up well.

Elener Phillips and Katie Price made a number of good interceptions and Tia Craig made a number of good runs, while Hannah Glossop was just wide with a shot.

The second half saw Winscombe start strongly, but the forwards were unable to get the ball past the goalkeeper. Weston scored twice, eventually beating goalkeeper Shas Bricknell.

The John Hodge Solicitors Player of the match was Tia Craig.

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