Gryphons hit back to secure victory

PUBLISHED: 14:59 07 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:59 07 October 2015

Somerset Gryhons Ladies scored five goals in the second half to secure victory at Falmouth.

Falmouth Ladies 4

Somerset Gryphons Ladies 8

GRYPHONS made the three-hour journey to sunny Falmouth for a well-fought battle.

They began strongly and achieved a 2-0 lead with short corner shots twice hitting the backboard from Lara Ford. Falmouth pulled two back on quick breaks before Leanne Chitty gave Gryphons the lead once more.

But the home team, with unmatched pace on the right wing, scored twice more on breaks for a 4-3 lead at half-time.

Lara Ford completed a hat-trick early in the second half with a tap-in flick from the penalty spot area after good team passing as Gryphons continued to push hard in the heat for an away win.

Player of the match Amy Barkus was on top form and dominated the final 25 minutes of play. She scored an impressive four goals, one by intercepting the ball near the halfway line and beating three defenders and the goalkeeper without support.

It was a fine comeback for the Gryphons, with notably great reliable defending from Hannah Holden, giving Gryphons six out of six points so far this season.

Somerset Gryphons 2nd XI 0

Bristol Uni 3rd XI 1

The Gryphons narrowly lost to Bristol University by just the one goal.

Adele Bull made a valiant early run, beating two defenders after picking up a cross from Katie Jupp, but was foiled just as she entered the D.

Bristol Uni were awarded a number of short corners, but solid defence by the Baker sisters, Diana Balled and Trixie Osmond meant the game remained goal-less.

In the first few minutes of the second half, Bobbie Baker had a short corner awarded against her, but the Gryphons defence, under the watchful eye of keeper Dawn Scott, kept the sheet clean.

The Gryphons had a few chances with strong passes up to Sophie Travis and Cait Chorlton, distributed by Ali Davenport and Sizzle Summerell in the middle. Bristol converted a short corner with a strong strike from top D to take the lead.

Gryphon’s new formation was tested, but Vicky Smith and Abi Ruffle held their position well.

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