MATCH REPORT: Mid-Somerset Ladies 1st XI 3, Mendip Ladies 2nd XI 1
Mid-Somerset Ladies 1st XI signed off before their Christmas break with a 3-1 victory over Mendip 2nd XI to ensure they remain top of the table.
After taking a few minutes to settle in, Mids hit their stride and played some good hockey, moving the ball well and working hard for each other.
Kirsten Vowles saw a couple of difficult early chances go wide before Mids took a deserved lead when Martha Hodgson hammered the ball home after some excellent build-up play.
Vowles was determined to get in on the act and 20 minutes into the half she used her pace to latch onto a through pass, round the sprawling keeper and slot home.
In the second half, Mendip came out fighting and capitalised on a rare defensive lapse to pull a goal back, but this proved to be their high point of the game.
Excellent work on the flanks by Ellie Massey, Ali Trippick and Mel Maskell created further opportunities for the hard-running Mids forwards.
Nicole French’s hard work off the ball exemplified the team’s work ethic, while in the centre, Claire Malcomson and Sarah Dowden were influential in both attack and defence.
Playing stylish and fluent hockey, Mids dominated the rest of the second half and were unlucky not to score more than one extra goal.
Playing so high did leave them at risk to the occasional break from Mendip but great scrambled defence from Flora Rigby, Holly Smith and captain Hanna Finney, and some excellent saves from Elainna Teare, kept Mids in front.
The third goal arrived with ten minutes remaining when Donna Phillips found some space in the Mendip D and smashed a powerful shot into the corner.
The player of the match award was shared between Teare, Rigby and French.
The game was Mel Maskell’s last for the club before moving to Cornwall.