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Combe crushed by visitors

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

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Winscombe Ladies 1 Sidmouth & Ottery 6

A Winscombe side missing several key players were hit for six when they hosted high- flying Sidmouth & Ottery.

Unable to settle into their usual fluent style, the home side paid a hefty price for their initial lack of concentration, which resulted in two early goals for the visitors.

Winscombe upped their game as the second half got under way but the tide was stemmed when Sidmouth added a third goal.

Keri Willis deflected a short corner against the backboards to give her side hope, while Claudia Routhorn-James combined well with Chloe Brown as Winscombe began to threaten more regularly.

Gabby Richardson's drives into the D to win penalty corners, supported by good forward play by Jade Barry, resulted in scoring chances but, unfortunately, none were taken.

As the match wore to a close, the tide turned again and, despite good defensive work from Caitlyn Flood, player of the match Charlie Phillips and goalkeeper Kate Walker, Sidmouth added three more goals before the final whistle.

Winscombe Ladies 3rd 3 Wells City Acorns 0

Winscombe gained revenge for their previous defeat against Wells when they recorded a big weekend win – thanks mainly to Gail Izzard's hat-trick.

As soon as the first whistle sounded, midfielder Izzard stormed up the pitch to score within 20 seconds.

The home side kept up the pressure and were rewarded with short corners. Jo Hann fired in the ball to Vicki Pagett, who helped it on to Izzard for her second goal.

Wells also threatened but Rachel Wallace, Jodie Honor and Sarah Kempster denied them a way through, while the few shots they did muster were comfortably saved by keeper Roxy Newman.

Winscombe's pressure increased in the second half and player of the match Izzard again ran into the D to slip the ball past the Wells stopper to securing her first hat-trick of the season and complete a fine win for her side.

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