Gryphons miss out on promotion despite big win

PUBLISHED: 14:33 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:33 11 March 2015

Somerset Gryphons are looking to consolidate second place in the league, despite missing out on promotion.

Somerset Gryphons 6

Bude 0

GRYPHONS were on form following their shock loss the week before, with a 6-0 win over Bude.

Gryphons started well when good play by the forwards saw Leanne Chitty score the opening goal. Buoyed by the strong start, Gryphons’ midfield continued to press high and Chitty soon scored a second goal for Gryphons.

The rest of the first-half was at a more comfortable pace, with Bude making the odd break and managing a short corner at one point, but the half mostly belonging to Gryphons.

After the break, Gryphons stepped up pace and within a minute or so of the whistle, the ball reached Lara Ford, who, with a delightful turn across the penalty spot, scored with a reverse tap.

Pressing hard and quickly regaining possession, the Gryphons midfielders worked the ball back up the pitch and Emma Hamilton’s hard work paid off, allowing her to score the fourth goal.

Gryphons continued to work hard in the heat, taking advantage of their two substitutes compared to Bude’s bare 11 players. Following a series of team passes, Amy Barkus slotted home the fifth goal and Becky Urch netted Gryphon’s sixth and final goal.

Even with three games remaining, Bristol-based Westberries ended the title race, assuring them a well-earned first place and promotion next season. Nevertheless, in their battle to maintain a second place finish, Somerset Gryphons were happy to celebrate another good all-round team performance on home turf.

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