Nailsea Ladies run out comfortable winners

PUBLISHED: 16:55 16 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:55 16 October 2018

A field hockey player about to pass the ball

A field hockey player about to pass the ball

Ben Jeayes

Nailsea Ladies enjoyed a comfortable victory over Mendip, despite having a weakened defence.

Nailsea Ladies 1st XI 5

Mendip Ladies 3rd XI 1

With no out and out defenders available, Nailsea Ladies strived to keep the ball in their attacking half.

Mendip responded to the pressure and defended solidly, particularly the keeper who dominated her space well. Nailsea took an early lead with a goal from Jen Roach, but despite the continued pressure and several penalty corners Nailsea were unable to add to their score.

Mendip took a rare break away chance and converted to level the score taking this through to half time.

A few pointers at the break and the home side were able to capitalise on their continued pressure and goals from Lucy Crimmonds, Gee Corner, Katie and a second from Roach.

Good play from Chloe Smith playing out of position, in defence gave her the player of the match award.

Knowle Ladies 3rd XI 1

Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI 7

Nailsea took nine players to Knowle, who had 12. However neither team fielded a keeper.

Knowle applied early pressure and Nailsea had to settle quickly and work hard from the whistle. The defence gelled well together and kept clearing their lines safely.

A break through saw the Nailsea’s first shot on goal but it took a second break before Cara Jones slotted home to give Nailsea a half time lead.

The visitors took control of the second half, dominating the middle of the pitch and concentrated on keeping possession. They took their scoring chances with Jones looking to solo opportunities from excellent passes.

A small window of opportunity fell to Knowle and they took their chance, but the tired but determined Nailsea side closed the game down quickly. A short corner was cleanly converted by Danni Marks and Jones took her total to six to complete victory

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