First victory for Clevedon ladies
PUBLISHED: 14:42 07 November 2012
Clevedon ladies registered their first win of the season at home to Blandford and Sturminster Newton.
Clevedon Ladies 2
Blandford & Sturminster Newton 0
CLEVEDON secured their first victory of the season with a hard-fought win over their visitors from Dorset.
Blandford started brightly, pinning the home side down in their own half for long periods, but the Clevedon defence held firm and restricted the visiting attack, thanks to a superb defensive performance with Kate Golding-Ellis, Liz Lester, Becky Smith and Ali Hughes in commanding form. Anything that did get through was efficiently dealt with by keeper Cait Chorlton.
Despite the visitors territorial advantage, Clevedon broke clear on numerous occasions, Helen Spear and Ali Davies the main protagonists creating between them a couple of gilt-edged chances and Sophie Feboul denied an effort by the keeper.
After the break, the visitors failed to appreciate the danger posed by the home front line and Lucy Gray bringing the ball from deep put Clevedon on the offensive. They went ahead when Spear took the ball into the heart of the D and scored with a delightful reverse stick flick.
The visitors responded with powerful approach play, but found Lester in imperious form. Chorlton produced a couple of fine saves and Clevedon presented the visitors with a solid and uncompromising defence.
The lead was increased when Spear laid the ball off for Rachel Holmes to plant the ball firmly home. Blandford worked hard to get back in the game, but could not find a way through.
On Saturday, Clevedon entertain Cornish opposition in the shape of Newquay, 12noon start at Clevedon School.
Clevedon Under-14s 0
Thornbury Under-14s 4
THE Clevedon youngsters came up against a physically bigger side at UWE, but they started well forcing Thornbury back.
Loren Quantick with some fine work down the right, Charlie Hogg and Beth Barzotelli were looking dangerous, but Thornbury got themselves back in the game and took the lead.
Sophie Brown was busy intercepting passes and setting up play and Clevedon’s defence with Lauren Bird and Louise Greenwell prominent, restricted the opposition, but could not prevent two further goals in the first-half.
After the break, a reshuffle in the Clevedon side saw Barzotelli marking the dangerous Thornbury forward, Steph Bird in goal produced some superb kicking and Charlotte Payne was fantastic in defence making a great goal-line clearance.
Millie Treble was causing the opposition defence some concern, Maisie Ball and Chole Bale on the left opened up the Thornbury defence, but despite several good attempts, notably from Hogg and Barzotelli, Clevedon were unable to get on the score sheet, but can feel proud of a fine second half performance.
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