Winscombe Ladies win 5-1 at Taunton Vale thirds
MATCH REPORT: Taunton Vale 3rd XI 1, Winscombe Ladies 1st XI 5
Having beaten Taunton Vale’s second team last weekend, Winscombe enjoyed more success as they returned to the same venue on Saturday to take on the thirds.
Captain Kelly Clark inspired her team with a pre-match team-talk and the initial enthusiasm saw Winscombe dominate territory and possession early on.
The visiting forwards prevented Taunton getting the ball upfield and any passes that did make it through were quickly swept up by the solid Winscombe defence of Juju O’Sullivan, Caitlin Flood, Claudia Routhorn-James and Michelle Isgar.
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Winscombe’s patience paid off as midfielders Caroline Marsh, Clark and Chloe Brown passed the ball well to allowed Leanne Gardner to open the scoring.
Vale were quick to respond, however, and found a gap in a crowded circle to net an equaliser.
In the second half, Combe started strongly again, with Hannah Taylor finishing off her own rebound from the Vale keeper to restore her side’s lead before Sarah Holland found the backboard to make it 3-1.
Vale fought back and put Combe under pressure but a determined and ambitious 16-yard hit-out by O’Sullivan, who exploited a gap in the home defence, found Winscombe forward Hannah Taylor.
She drove the ball down the right before laying the ball off to Gabby Richardson, who had made a fantastic sprint down the left and received the ball at the top of the D to finish the move in style.
Winscombe were not finished and added a fifth when Hannah Quantick found the back of the net from a Richardson pass.
John Hodge Solicitors player of the match: Kelly Clark.
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