Clevedon caught out
PUBLISHED: 14:31 14 November 2012
Clevedon ladies lost 5-0 to Newquay, despite battling throughout the match.
Clevedon Ladies 0
Newquay Ladies 5
THE scoreline showed a disparity of effort with Clevedon opening brightly forcing their Cornish visitors onto the back foot.
Helen Spear was in superb form getting to the back line to supply telling crosses, as Rachel Holmes and Ali Davies both went close and from a short corner, Elaine Basterfield’s brilliant flick attempt at goal was well saved.
The home side continued to hold sway as Sophie Feboul and Kate Golding-Ellis surged forward. At the back, the defensive guile of Ali Hughes and Liz Lester combined with the skill and power of Becky Smith, kept a tight reign on the Newquay attack.
They did break through however and scored a scrambled goal to take a 1-0 interval lead.
After the break, Clevedon were well placed to get back into the game, but despite the efforts of Cait Chorlton in the home goal, Newquay’s powerful forwards scored two quick goals, which knocked the wind out of the home side’s sails. They followed this up with another to take a 4-0 lead midway through the half.
Inspired by captain Lucy Gray, Clevedon mounted some telling attacks and only the brilliance of the visiting keeper kept them out. Spear, Davies and Holmes continued to pressure the Newquay defence, but with two minutes remaining, the visitors broke to score the fifth goal.
On Saturday, Clevedon travel to play Team Bath 2nds.
Clevedon ladies sent a squad to the Under-12s mixed hockey festival at Gordano School on Sunday and before play commenced, there was a beautifully observed two minute’s silence.
Clevedon played four games, first up was Old Bristolians. A solid performance with Sam Payne in the goal performing well, Amy Eager setting up attacks down the left and Michael Knowles working hard in defence, Clevedon were looking well set but OBs managed to break and score the winning goal.
Firebrands were the next opponents and against a strong side, Clevedon did well. Tasmin Debude and Amy Dewfall carved out openings, but just failed to get on the scoresheet.
Kayleigh Eager showing great skill to set up the attack, Chase Drewe and Melissa Poole ran tirelessly to keep Clevedon in the game, but Firebrands’s power eventually told, despite the best efforts of Sam Payne in goal, they scored two to take the win.
Yate provided the next opponents. In this game, Clevedon were overwhelmingly on top, right from the start Beth Barzotelli took the ball into the D and scored.
With Sam Bird and Natalie Major also having goalbound shots, they found the Yate keeper in great form and were unable to break through to add to the score, Barzotelli being especially unlucky. Right at the end of the game, Yate found a way through to equalise.
The last game was against Chippenham and the promise Clevedon showed in the last game brought rewards. With a confident defence marshalled by Anna Barzotelli, the forwards ran riot. Beth Barzotelli proved a real thorn in the Chippenham side and her link play with Sam Bird brought three goals.
Barzotelli scored one and Bird two to end a good tournament performance with victory.
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