Gryphons ladies keep up their challenge for second place
PUBLISHED: 14:44 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:44 25 March 2015
Somerset Gryphons ladies 1st XI defeated Isca to maintain their quest for second spot in the league.
Somerset Gryphons Ladies 1st XI 4
Isca Ladies 3rd XI 1
SOMERSET Gryphons welcomed Exeter-based Isca to Clevedon School for a tight battle in their quest for league second place.
The game began evenly matched, with both teams fighting cleanly for possession. Isca struggled to manoeuvre the ball on the sand-based Astro with the same effect as on their own water-based pitch. As such, the Gryphs were able to tackle and intercept balls well.
Player of the match Verity Summerell was invaluable in defence and pinged several fast balls up the line. Lara Ford brought the score up to 2-0 for the Gryphons during the first-half, with two similar reverse stick shots from open play.
Gryphons came out hard in the second half eager to increase their lead. Some strong defensive skills from Isca denied Gryphons entry to the D for the most part, with good block tackling and impressive aerial clearances.
Eventually the Gryphons were able to break through and Liz Ford increased the Gryphons lead with some tactical positioning allowing her to score from the rebound of Emma Hamilton’s strike.
Isca regained some control and changed tactics for their next short corner, scoring with a perfectly placed lob flick into the top of the net.
Gryphons stepped up their game, keen for three points, and their training paid off with a well-worked set piece from a long corner.
The ball was pinged around the back and Jade Summerell’s accurately timed run resulted in her getting a touch to Hamilton’s hit into the D, for a perfect deflection through the legs of the stunned keeper to give Gryphons their fourth goal.
Although not their strongest performance of the season, Gryphons were delighted to see their training pieces coming to fruition and were pleased to secure three points in the penultimate game of the season.
All to play for still though - they must win at home at Clevedon School on Saturday at 1.30pm to guarantee their desired second spot finish. Supporters and spectators are warmly invited to join.
Firebrands 3rd XI 0
Somerset Gryphons 1st XI 2
SOMERSET Gryphons men travelled to Failand for a contentious battle against Firebrands in their final game of the season.
Both teams began with great pace and determination, but it was the Gryphons, down to 10 men, who scored within 10 minutes with a ball from the baseline setting up Brad Krone for a shot. Although it was saved, Krone was still alert and hit the backboard with a swiping rebound.
Gryphons were buoyed by the goal and kept up their speedy momentum. A few moments later, after continuing the press, Mike Osmonds’ short corner strike was deflected across the backline by a Firebrands stick to double the lead.
Firebrands were rewarded with a short corner but were unable to convert and the score remained 2-0 at half-time.
The second half saw match performance at the same rate of knots, and Firebrands gained a short corner after a Gryphons foot.
The set piece play was dramatic - a strong strike, initially blocked by Matt Holden was followed by an instinctive fingertip save keeper Steve Proctor and a final split-second head-height stick clearance off the line from Krone to keep a Gryphons clean sheet.
Gryphons went down to 10 men again after a fractious period and this seemed to help them regain their composure and they spread across the pitch well, to defend their lead.
Proctor made some crucial saves in goal and Gryphons eventually managed to work the ball back out into their attacking quarter. Ollie Wilson was unlucky not to score from some great one-two play with Holden, and Holden then tracked back to make a vital clearance.
Tenacious battling continued, with superb diving commitment in defence from Sam Wynne to retain their lead and secure a thoroughly deserved final three points in this season’s Central 1 League.
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