Weakened Portishead Ladies earn a point

PUBLISHED: 11:23 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:23 01 November 2017

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A weakened Portishead Ladies side battled to earn a draw at St Nicks Reserves.

Portishead Ladies battled to a 3-3 draw at St Nicks Reserves with a depleted squad.

The visitors started brightly and a ball across the box from Shannon Holloway was met by Michelle Venton, who shook off her player to fire in from 12 yards out. Portishead extended their lead as a corner was only cleared into Holloway, who didn’t know a lot about it as the ball flew off her into the net.

St Nicks pulled one back with a good passing move from inside their own half, eventually working it to the edge of the box releasing a fine strike which keeper Chloe Fensome could do nothing about.

Portishead restored their two-goal cushion as Holloway crossed and the ball was flicked on by Venton to Emily Lindsay who finished from close range. Portishead thought they scored again as Venton finished a one-on-one, but was called offside.

Just before half time, a goalmouth scramble in the Portishead box resulted in the ball bobbling into the net to make it 2-3.

A tight second half saw Portishead continue to create chances, Venton running onto a wonderful through ball from Imogen Fisher to sweep it across to Lindsay, whose shot was blocked by a last-ditch tackle.

St Nicks sent some long balls through, but keeper Fensome was alert to the danger and quick off her line working in tandem with the back four.

In the last minute, St Nicks broke away and a solid tackle looked like it had cleared the ball to safety, only for the referee point to the spot.

Fensome got a good hand to the penalty, but it just went across the line and into the net. It was the last action of the game, but a hard-fought battle sees Portishead remain unbeaten. Player of the match was Chloe Fensome.

Portishead Town Ladies Reserves hosted third in the league Ilminster Town Reserves and recorded an emphatic 7-0 victory.

Portishead put on pressure from the start with the Ilminster goalkeeper making a number of saves, but they took the lead with a perfectly placed ball from Hannah Fletcher through to Eloise Hubbard to make it 1-0. The hosts continued the pressure which paid off from another Hubbard goal just before half time.

Ilminster Town started the second half returning the pressure, but the strong and calm defence of Molly Yeatman, Catherine Evans and Vic Wright were strong, leaving goalkeeper Fiona Hull little to do.

Fletcher’s runs down the left wing paid off when she cut inside and smashed home the third goal, closely followed by Hubbard’s third of the afternoon making it 4-0.

Ellie Purle ran through Ilminster’s defence and hit the post which led to Natasha Bridge netting.

Portishead pressed again, leading to Bridge’s second goal of the game making it 6-0. Lisa Hill’s runs paid off with an accurate cross in to the box which Hubbard placed in to the back of the net to make it seven.

Robert John Hairdressing player of the match went to Eloise Hubbard.

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