Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 1, Bridgwater Ladies 1st XI 1
Winscombe Ladies 1st XI held on to fourth place in the Central Division ahead of the Christmas break with a creditable draw against league leaders Bridgwater.
Both teams attacked strongly early on and the Winscombe defence of Julie O’Sullivan, Caitlin Flood, Claudia Routhorn-James and Michelle Isgar combined well to thwart several early Bridgwater attempts at goal.
Eventually, the pressure on the Winscombe D began to tell and a penalty corner was converted by the visitors.
Undaunted and with confidence high, Winscombe battled harder than before and with renewed determination. Urged on by captain Kelly Clark, the visiting midfield of Sarah Holland, Leanne Gardner, Caroline Marsh and Alice Sloman worked tirelessly to threaten the Bridgwater goal.
Combe earned two penalty corners but could not take advantage of them.
In the second half, possession was even as the match moved from end to end. Winscombe patiently held onto the ball and a move involving Hannah Taylor and Gabriella Richardson set up Isgar for the equaliser with a skilful reverse-stick flick.
Bridgwater were awarded a short corner in a tense final five minutes but keeper Kate Walker and defender Jodie Honour stood their ground and cleared the ball.
Wells City Acorns 1st XI 1, Winscombe Ladies 3rd XI 7
Winscombe 3rd XI moved up to fifth place with an emphatic victory and stylish performance at Wells City Acorns.
The visitors showed they meant business right from the first whistle by moving the ball forward, keeping possession and looking for openings in the strong and experienced Wells defence.
The opening goal came after six minutes when a ball injected by midfielder Sarah Kempster was slotted home amid a goalmouth scramble by Kirsty Lynham for the first of her four goals.
Winscombe’s second came from good link-up play by Heather Batchelor and Molly Roberts, which allowed Gail Izzard to score from a penalty corner.
Wells pulled a goal back on the counter-attack, with Shirley Hartshorne making a great save, only for the rebound to be converted.
A goal-line clearance by Caroline Glossop and sturdy defending by Katie Semple and Jo Hann, along with several outstanding saves by Hartshorne, prevented Wells from getting back into the game.
The second half was a display of textbook hockey as Winscombe found space and time to play their best hockey of the season so far.
A solid strike from a short corner saw Lynham net her second before a strong attack down the right allowed Batchelor and Kempster to set up Molly Roberts, who finished calmly.
Semple continued to link well with player of the match Katie Bowskill, who was making her senior debut. Bowskill’s clever play pulled the generally organised Wells defence out of position and allowed Lynham, Kempster and Ella Byrne to combine well on the right, earning several short corners.
Lynham’s first strike from a penalty corner was saved but Izzard scored the rebound before Jo Hann’s injection allowed Lynham to score from another penalty corner to complete her hat-trick.
Lynham capped a fine performance in the dying minutes when she found the goal for a fourth time.
John Hodge Solicitors player of the match: Katie Bowskill.
Winscombe Ladies Hockey Club is looking for a goalkeeper.
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