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Ladies are pegged back twice

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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North Somerset 2 Mid Somerset Ladies 1st 2

Mid Somerset were unable to get back to winning ways after the previous week's defeat to Nailsea as they twice let a lead slip at North Somerset.

The visitors started well and were rewarded with an early goal from Hollie Clarke, whose strong running left her an easy finish from a well-hit cross.

Mids continued to dominate and looked certain to extend their lead but instead were pegged back when a breakdown in defensive communication during a counter-attack left a North Somerset player unmarked for an easy finish.

After some frank discussions at half-time, Mids again flew out of the blocks at the start of the second period and created some fantastic chances.

One of them saw Nicole French drive forward from midfield and smash in a shot from the top of the D to regain the lead.

Hard-working Mids continued to dominate possession and their forwards made some excellent runs but quality defending, including several clearances off the line, meant they were unable to add to their total.

And, with just ten minutes to go, they paid the price when a rare North Somerset break resulted in a thunderbolt of a short-corner strike which gave the outstanding Soria Camille- Stallard no chance.

Mids, inspired by player-of- the-match Hannah Finney's hugely committed display, threw everything forward in the closing minutes but they were unable to find the winning goal their performance deserved.

Mid Somerset Ladies 2nd 1 Wells City Acorns 0

A late goal proved to be just enough to settle an anticipated well-fought battle between two teams who know each other well in Mid Somerset's favour.

The home side's approach was typified by Massey who, making her first appearance in centre defence, took on the Acorn forwards with great determination.

She was well supported by Cranwell, James and captain Wipfler as Mids broke down a number of early attacks, while stand-in keeper Wickham also made a good save.

At the other end, Dowden and McNeill worked well on the right to tee up opportunities for Dutton, who was thwarted by the Acorns keeper as the half finished goalless.

Both sides emerged for the second period with renewed determination, with Mids centre-half Dowden putting in another first-rate performance both at the back and in supporting her forwards.

Play continued to flow from end to end, most notably when Lambert – improving every week in confidence and skills – found player-of-the-match Wilson, whose pass hit an Acorns defender's foot.

The resulting short corner was eventually scrambled clear and led to a rapid break, which forced Mids to get back and defend their goal.

They managed to do just that and, from Wipfler's clearance, James worked the ball into the Acorns D where Dowden was able to find a small opening and squeeze her shot past the defence and keeper for the only goal of the game.

Acorns did themselves proud trying to reply but just ran out of time as the final whistle went.

Mids are away to West Clubs League Wessex Division 3 leaders Shepton Mallet 2nds on Saturday.

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