Evercreech Ladies knocked out of Somerset Junior Cup despite good display against Bridgwater
MATCH REPORT: Evercreech Ladies 0, Bridgwater Ladies 5
Evercreech Ladies were knocked out of the Somerset Women’s Junior Cup by a Bridgwater side who play two divisions above them.
The home side looked in control early on, however, as the midfield of Mikayla Lockey, Mel Weeks, Keeley Hooper, Chloe Nobel and Carla Lovell passed the ball quickly to feed Shannon Lockey up front.
She looked to run at the Bridgwater defence, while Lovell sent a dipping strike just past the target as the visiting defence were kept busy.
The Evercreech defence of Charlotte Ayles, Lucy Banwell, Kate Difford and Emma Barnard covered well in difficult swirling conditions, showing excellent communication, a tightly held offside trap and a very high workrate against fast wingers, forcing Bridgwater to shoot from distance.
However, one first-half shot swerved in the wind to beat Lesley Rowan and give the visitors a 1-0 lead at the break.
The second half continued at the same intense pace. Livi Noble continued to provide much needed cover on the wings, enabling Evercreech to keep pressing against the gusting wind.
Bridgwater added a second goal but Rowan saved a penalty moments later to keep Evercreech in the match, pushing it against the bar before gathering the rebound.
The hosts looked to attack but began to tire in the final 20 minutes and conceded three late goals.
Player of the match: Lesley Rowan.