Nailsea Ladies fall short at Bridgwater

PUBLISHED: 14:48 15 March 2017

Nailsea Ladies put up a brave fight away at Bridgwater, eventually going down five goals to two.

Bridgwater Ladies 5

Nailsea Ladies 2

Nailsea started strongly in this away game to Bridgwater with Gee Corner, Harriet Green and Tess Hughes playing the ball around and dominating the centre.

A break up front by Cath Hole and Abi Shorney resulted in an early goal for Nailsea after Charley Hogg flicked the ball past the keeper to find the net. Despite Nailsea’s workrate, the strong Bridgwater side finished the first-half 2-1 up.

Madeleine Bashforth, Nailsea’s player of the match, produced some excellent runs down the wing and struck some solid hits which were skilfully picked up by front runners Shorney and Hole.

Bridgwater were awarded a string of penalty corners, but tireless defending by Jasmine Wood, Zoe Buck and Chloe Taylor made it hard work for the opposition. Jen Roach continued to excel in goal, making some crucial saves, but Bridgwater added to their scoreline, before a superb slip from Hole was converted by Hogg to finish 5-2.

Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI 2

Cheddar Ladies 2nd XI 0

Nailsea produced an improved performance following a couple of difficult weeks.

In the captain’s absence, the vice, Katie Matthews, stepped up to motivate and inspire her side.

Following an early spell of end-to-end play, a Cheddar goal threat was overturned with a strong tackle from Cara Jones, who forged a route to halfway, a few slick passes found Bernie Forge in front of goal, who converted to put Nailsea ahead.

Up front, Dani Douel covered a lot of ground in her tireless attack, supported well by Lizzy Williams, who was on hand to slot in number two.

The game see-sawed with Nailsea putting the Cheddar defence under pressure for long periods. Solid play from Hannah Clark and her defenders kept Cheddar at bay, but determined kicking and brave attacking when needed gave keeper Kira Cunio player of the match.

Nailsea exerted pressure throughout with Cat Coates and Eleanor Hobbs controlling the midfield and distributing well. In the last quarter, Cheddar were awarded four penalty corners in quick succession, but Nailsea held firm to see out the match.

On a slightly warmer Sunday afternoon, Nailsea Under-10s travelled to Yate for their penultimate tournament of the season.

They faced strong opposition and held themselves well under pressure. Keiran Jellis made some fine saves and cleared the ball well with some kicks reaching the opposition D.

Ellie Richardson, Jess Chapman and Lily Bartle-Jenkins organised themselves well in defence marking and protecting their D. Ellie even found herself shooting at goal after a solo run.

Hannah Paige, Megan Richardson, Daisy Bartle-Jenkins, Paige Richardson and Jake Chapman worked tirelessly in midfield, tackling well then shooting at goal one minute and defending our line the next.

Ed Bartle-Jenkins took every opportunity to attack up front and made some cracking runs, several good chances were denied shots by the keeper, until the final moments of the last game where his hard work was finally rewarded with a goal.

Player of the tournament went to Maisy, who never stopped running, attacking, supporting and defending. Her organisation and encouragement to the rest of the team continued even when off the pitch.

Hard work and determination rewarded Nailsea with a win in the final moments.

Results: Nailsea 0, Firebrands 2; Nailsea 0 Yate 4; Nailsea 0, Westbury 0; Nailsea 1, Old B’s 0.

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