Nailsea Ladies keep up the pressure

PUBLISHED: 17:28 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 17:28 13 November 2018

A field hockey player about to pass the ball

A field hockey player about to pass the ball

Ben Jeayes

Nailsea Ladies kept up the pressure on the league leaders with victory over Cheddar.

Cheddar Ladies 0

Nailsea Ladies 1st XI 3

This was a hard-fought game in the cold and rain with the visitors looking to collect more points in an effort to reach the top spot.

Natalie Provis opened the scoring for Nailsea and it remained 1-0 at half time. Player of the match Mia Bewley was lively in attack, challenging the home defence at every opportunity, but it was Harriet Green who bagged two goals to take Nailsea to a 3-0 win and three points.

Nailsea Ladies 2nd XI 2

Bristol Bluebirds 2

Having the unusual luxury of four subs and a goalkeeper, Nailsea were hopeful of three points from this game.

They took the lead with goals from Sami Green and Molly Chidzey, but the game became in danger of being abandoned when a heavy storm and bad light made it difficult for all.

Good work through the midfield from Sam Hughes-Smith and player of the match Jo Faiers, gave the front runners Cara Jones, Lizzy Williams and Hollie Constable several opportunities.

A couple of quick breaks from the visitors kept Nailsea on their toes and forcing keeper Kira Cunio into action. Bluebirds upped their game as Nailsea seemed to lose their shape and a scrambled goal put the visitors back in the hunt.

Nailsea fought hard to regain their control, but an equaliser in the final minute meant shared points.

The weather improved for the Under-12s, who took part in a tournament.

Ben Blackman did some excellent intercepting and never gave up on a tackle. Arthur Stuttard was strong in defence and in attack scored a super goal from just inside the D.

In goal, Daisy Bartle-Jenkins was determined and brave against some strong hitters, while Megan Richardson and Maisy Hole fought hard to push forward.

Maisy worked tirelessly all over the pitch and made several solo runs, while Paige Richardson and Lois Pinkney settled well into midfield roles.

Roxy McDonald stood strong in defence executing some fine tackles in her debut game. Edward Bartle-Jenkins and Jake Chapman worked well together in attack, with Jake excelling in distribution and Edwards’s confidence growing each game.

Results: Nailsea 2, North Somerset 1, scorers: Maisy Hole, Jake Chapman, player of match: Paige Richardson; Nailsea 0, Firebrands 3, player of the match Maisy Hole; Nailsea 1, Yate 4, scorer: Arthur Stuttard, player of match: Arthur Stuttard; Nailsea 0, Corsham 3, players of the match: Lois Pinkney and Ben Blackman.

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