Somerset Gryphons move up to third spot

PUBLISHED: 14:49 11 February 2015 | UPDATED: 14:49 11 February 2015

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Somerset Gryphons ladies climbed to third spot in the league after defeating Teign Ladies.

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SOMERSET Gryphons climbed up to third place in the table in Dawlish, after taking three points from Teign.

Gryphons began the match more alert and with more urgency, with good running off the ball. They were quickly rewarded by gaining a short corner, eventually converting through a slicing shot from Sizzle Summerell, to take the lead.

Gryphons continued to look strong and controlled more than half of the play, but struggled at times to complete sets of passes due to a bouncier pitch than at Clevedon.

Teign held their structure well and were denied a shot from a short corner, following a stick foul at the top of the D, resulting in Gryphons periodically going down to 10 players.

Teign’s persistence paid off finally with a fast ball down the right from the defence. Capitalising on the extra player, the Teign forwards slotted home an equalising goal.

Gryphons made good switches and forward balls and began to look threatening once more with 11 players, but were unable to change the score line before half-time.

They juggled their formation for the second half, but still managed to retain a good amount of possession, narrowly missing the goal with shots and crosses on a couple of occasions.

Teign stayed strong and made a couple of breaks of their own, but were mostly denied access to the D by a solid performance from Becky Urch and other Gryphons’ defenders.

Kathy Ruffle worked hard to successfully block the long balls coming through and Gryphons were finally rewarded for their determination. With moments to spare, Lara Ford secured a short corner and struck the backboard from the top of the D to enable Somerset Gryphons to travel home from Devon with three well-deserved points from an enjoyable game.


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