Somerset Gryphons lose at home to Exeter

PUBLISHED: 12:45 23 January 2018

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Somerset Gryphons Ladies were defeated by Exeter seconds, despite the home side taking the lead.

Somerset Gryphons Ladies 1

Exeter Ladies 2nd XI 4

Last weekend saw Somerset Gryphons take on fourth-placed Exeter’s second string.

The home side were eager to make amends for allowing their 2-0 lead diminish to a draw previously this season, but knew it would be no easy feat.

Exeter began the strongest, looking threatening on the attack. Jenny Newton in goal made some strong saves, sliding accurately to disposes the Exeter strikers and stood tall against a powerful high shot.

Gryphons dug in with grit and determination to turn things to their favour. A short corner gave the girls the opportunity they needed. Lara Ford’s straight strike was saved, but only to fall into the path of Elaine Basterfield, whose sweetly stuck shot found the bottom corner.

The lead was maintained for the majority of the game, but Exeter’s relentless movement off the ball and good fitness started to cause cracks in the home side’s form.

A free hit just outside the D led to a goal for Exeter, who were now on the front foot with momentum on their side. In quick succession, a second goal gave the visitors the lead, forcing Gryphons to take a more attacking stance.

Pushing for the all-important equaliser, Gryphs became vulnerable at the back. A stick tackle gifted Exeter a short corner which when converted make the score 1-3.

In the final few minutes, the game was stretched end-to-end, with both keepers being kept busy.

To finish, Exeter scored a final goal to put the nail in the coffin to Gryphons defeat, which was a disappointing end to the game.

Player of the match went to Jenny Newton for her impeccable saves throughout the course of the game.


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