Somerset Gryphons earn a point at Barnstaple

PUBLISHED: 15:22 04 February 2015 | UPDATED: 15:22 04 February 2015

Somerset Gryphons ladies earnt point at Barnstaple in an entertaining 3-3 draw.

Somerset Gryphons 3

Barnstaple Ladies 3

SOMERSET Gryphons ladies travelled to Barnstaple, hoping to take a further three points from Taw Valley.

Gryphons had a strong start and scored within the first few minutes from Lara Ford’s short corner strike from the top of the D. However, Taw were not disheartened and equalised five minutes later through a short corner of their own.

Both teams kept up the high pace, but it was Gryphons who made a successful break through following a series of good team passes. Cheryl Harding tactically held up play before making a pass across the D for Emma Hamilton to slot home Gryphons’ second goal with a well-placed first touch.

Taw Valley continued to fight, seemingly working harder than Gryphons at times. They earned a short corner, converting it via the injector in a similar fashion to their first goal, to bring the score level.

After the half-time whistle, Gryphons regained their form and Harding soon scored from a break by receiving the ball in the D with an impressive turn, circling around the Taw goalkeeper.

Taw Valley’s home crowd ensured they stayed focussed and hassled Gryphons well, with some sleek hits cutting through the middle. Eventually their hard work paid off with another equalising goal.

Taw’s strong defence would not allow Gryphons through again and similarly, Gryphons defenders, including player of the match Liz Dane worked tirelessly to keep Taw out of their D.

Jackie Plumley made several quick decisions in goal to keep Gryphons in the game and Gryphons travelled back to Clevedon with a disappointing one point, following a 3-3 draw.

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