Nailsea ladies battle on with just 10 players

PUBLISHED: 14:43 25 March 2015

Nailsea ladies gave a fine account of themselves after travelling to Keynsham with just 10 players.

Keynsham Ladies 4

Nailsea Ladies 1st XI 0

NAILSEA have endured a difficult few weeks with availability problems through illness and injury.

They had to travel to Keynsham with only 10 players, losing two players at late notice. The 10 players gave a good account of themselves, battling hard throughout, despite several players having to play unfamiliar positions.

Bernie Forge played well at right midfield, while Alice Hill and Cath Hole combined well in attack, but Keynsham gave them little chance to capitalise on any chances they created.

Player of the match Gee Corner had an excellent game in midfield position, defending solidly and supporting and supplying the attack.

Keeper Stacey Caple had a lively game between the sticks, denying Keynsham the opportunity of a bigger margin, making several amazing diving saves and also saved a penalty flick.

The greatest compliment probably came from the opposition, who were surprised to find at the end of the game they had been playing against 10.

Old Bristolians 2

Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI 0

THIS re-arranged match had to be fitted in on Sunday to suit Old Bristolians, who have several outstanding matches to organise.

A Sunday game had its own difficulties with players having other commitments, add to that the clubs severe depletion through illness and injury.

The game itself had its own importance, in that it probably decided the fate of the side slipping down a division.

The game proved to be a tough battle with the majority of the match being fought out in midfield. A crippling injury to Nailsea captain and defender Zoe Buck, put Nailsea under added pressure, not least having to see out the half with 10 players.

She hobbled through the second half severely hampered as the whole side worked hard throughout, but the Old B’s defence kept a tight hold on their lead.

Katie Matthews and Helen Harrington worked well through midfield to support the attack but player of the match went to keeper Laura Pople, who kept the goal margin within Nailsea’s grasp.

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