Hockey: Mendip Ladies up to fourth in Central Division with comfortable win against White Eagles
Mendip Ladies 1st XI 2, White Eagles Ladies 1st XI 0
Mendip Ladies 1st XI moved up to fourth place in the West Clubs Women's League Central Division with a victory that was more comprehensive than the scoreline suggests.
The home side were dominant throughout, with player of the match Louise Forster driving play forward from defence.
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Sarah Hall nearly made the perfect start to her return from injury as her shot rattled the backboard after five minutes but the goal was ruled out due to a technical infringement.
Mendip continued to pressurise the Eagles defence and opened the scoring when Charlene Vranch got the final touch from a neat penalty corner routine.
Hayley Bullock doubled the lead soon afterwards with a fierce shot that deflected high into the net off the body of the Eagles goalkeeper.
Mendip continued to move the ball well after the break and created several opportunities, keeping the visitors on the back foot.
In the final quarter, Eagles conceded two penalty strokes for stopping the ball illegally on the line but the first was missed and the second was saved.
On Saturday, Mendip visit Taunton Vale (11.30am).
Nailsea Ladies 1st XI 1, Mendip Ladies 2nd XI 0
Mendip Ladies 2nd XI were overhauled at the top of the table by Nailsea after slipping to a single-goal defeat in Brunel Division 1.
Cold and windy conditions made life difficult and Mendip also had to adjust to the home team's 3G artificial pitch, which made it hard to play smooth hockey.
Nailsea were on the attack early on but Mendip's tight defensive unit kept them at bay as goalkeeper Katie Selway made some good saves, while centre-backs Kate Foley and Liv Webster put in solid displays.
After a change of tactics and a team talk from Jackie Browning, Mendip were the better side after the break and spent plenty of time in attack.
Browning led her team by example with a skilful and determined display to earn the player of the match award but Nailsea scored against the run of play with 15 minutes remaining.
Mendip pushed forward for an equaliser and won a series of short corners but they could not break through.
On Saturday, Mendip host Lodway.
Mendip Ladies 3rd XI 1, Nailsea 2nd XI 10
Mendip Ladies 3rd XI began the second half of their Brunel Division 2 season with a heavy defeat against high-flying Nailsea 2nd XI.
Having lost 10-0 in the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season, Mendip were determined to improve and put the visitors under pressure early on.
However, Nailsea took the lead against the run of play before consolidating their advantage with a second goal.
Mendip responded with a series of attacking passes in midfield and their forwards carried the ball into the circle to find winger Esther Selway, who finished in style to halve the deficit.
From this point, Nailsea took control of the game and the home team, missing key players, struggled to match them.
The visitors reached five goals before half-time and dominated the second period, taking the score into double figures against a battling Mendip side, who just missed out on a second goal.
Midfielder Grace Harding picked up the player of the match award.