Nailsea Ladies finish second in the table by just one goal

PUBLISHED: 14:40 12 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:40 12 April 2017

Nailsea Ladies fell just one goal short of their target to go level top with Winscombe.

Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI 9

North Somerset Ladies 2nd XI 0

Nailsea seconds started this rearranged game knowing they had to win to go level top with Winscombe, but they also knew they needed to win by 10 clear goals to equal the goal difference.

With good teamwork, quick passing and close support the home side got off to a confident start. Several shots on goal were easily dealt with by the keeper until Katie Matthews popped up far post to score.

Two quick goals came from player of the match Lizzie Williams, while great tackling and distribution by Lucy Crimmon in midfield kept Nailsea attacking for long periods which resulted in several penalty corners.

One of which was converted by Chloe Turner. Another corner soon after was netted by Matthews. Great anticipation by Hannah Clark overturned many attacks, while Cary Barrett and Ellie Holdaway worked well together in defence.

Matthews claimed her hat-trick goal minutes before the half-time whistle, making it 6-0 and putting the target required within their sights.

Nailsea started the second half with the continued confidence and enthusiasm, but North Somerset tightened their play and control. After several attempts, Bernie Forge managed to get on the scoresheet before Turner scored again, followed by a second from Forge.

Excellent play by the North keeper kept Nailsea from adding to their tally and left them a goal short of the required target.

An excellent end to their season and well done to all the players involved. Thanks also to their loyal supporters who have turned out in all weathers.

Taunton Vale Ladies 5

Nailsea Ladies 1st XI 3

With an early meet, Nailsea arrived and put pressure on Taunton from the start.

However, Taunton took the lead with a quick break, but Nailsea continued to press hard, keeping Taunton pinned in their half using great passing to link the midfield and attack.

Cath Hole levelled the score with a stinging shot from the top of the D, but Taunton replied with an attack keeping the Nailsea defence busy and player of the match Jasmine Wood working hard to keep the ball away.

Despite their best efforts, Taunton scored two more goals. Good work between Abi Shorney and Hole opened up the chance Hole to collect her second minutes before half-time.

Taunton were quickly off the mark after the break and were awarded several penalty corners in a row before adding two more goals.

Hole beat the keeper, but a defender on the line got her stick to it to deflect it around the post. Then another powerful strike low into the bottom corner left the keeper floundering, to give Hole her hat-trick.

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