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Combe fall to late strike

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

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White Eagles Ladies 3 Winscombe Ladies 2

A late White Eagles goal saw Winscombe return disappointed from a tough away trip.

The visitors started well and quickly launched attacks into the Eagles' D as forwards Sarah Holland, Gabriella Richardson and Jade Barry applied pressure.

The home side then hit Winscombe on the counter and a pass split the defence before finding its way into the D, where an Eagles forward netted the opener.

Julie O'Sullivan, Claudia Routhorn-James, Michelle Isgar and Caitlin Flood quickly tightened up at the back and Chloe Brown, Kelly Clark and Sarah Holland took control of midfield.

Sarah Holland, with the help of Gabriella Richardson and Keri Willis, skilfully ran the ball into the attacking D to bag the equaliser.

Eagles responded and launched several attacks but most were thwarted by Megan Coe, Kelly Clark and Caitlin Flood, while Kate Walker made several good saves.

The defence was breached on the stroke of half-time, however, when the home side restored their lead.

Kelly Clark and Leanne Gardner led the response as the second half got under way, while Gabriella Richardson went close to a leveller.

Jade Barry did restore parity after a fine move involving Megan Coe and Keri Willis but White Eagles managed to steal the points late on.

John Hodge Solicitors player of the match: Kate Walker.

Wells City Acorns 6 Winscombe Ladies 3rd 2

Two Helen Sinclair goals helped to ease the pain of Winscombe's defeat at Wells.

Dawn Bowden was handed her league debut as Winscombe came out of the blocks fast and, after prolonged pressure, they took a 20th-minute lead when Sinclair slotted home from Hannah Hussey's cross.

Keeper Shirley Hartshorne kept Wells out as the home side responded before a short corner deflected off Jo Hann's stick to level the scores.

Wells then broke to score a second just before half-time, despite the best efforts of defender Rachel Wallace.

The hosts got their third early in the second half but Winscombe midfielders Sarah Kempster, Gail Izzard, Gill Harvey and Emma Whitehead created a chance for Sinclair to score her second.

At 3-2 Winscombe were back in the game and forwards Hussey, Alice Sloman and Ella Bryne saw plenty of the ball but they could not turn the pressure into goals.

In their effort to secure a draw Winscombe became stretched, which allowed space in behind the midfield and left the defence exposed. The Wells forwards took full advantage to score three more goals before the final whistle.

John Hodge Solicitors player of the match: Helen Sinclair.

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