Spirited performance from Clevedon ladies

PUBLISHED: 14:52 04 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:52 04 March 2015

Sidmouth & Ottery ladies 3rd's at home to Newton Abbott. Ref shsp 2948-08-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Sidmouth & Ottery ladies 3rd's at home to Newton Abbott. Ref shsp 2948-08-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

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A weakened Clevedon ladies 1st XI put up a spirited performance against a high-flying Clifton side.

Clevedon Ladies 1st XI 0

Clifton Ladies 3rd XI 1

CLEVEDON welcomed high-flying Clifton and with a side ravaged by injury and unavailability, they put in a supreme effort to run their opponents close.

Jane Bennett and Sandra Slaney worked tirelessly in defence, putting themselves on the line time and again, while skipper Rachel Holmes dropped deep to help as Clifton poured forward.

Jemilla Colyer in the home goal was in fantastic form, denying the visiting attack with a string of outstanding saves. Jen Atherton always found the energy to run at the visiting defence, giving encouragement to the home side.

Lauren Meredith used her pace to run deep into the Clifton lines and in midfield, Kez Douglas and Caitlin Meredith kept Clevedon on a firm footing.

After the break, Clevedon weathered the expected Clifton surge and Amy Dewfall linked well with the Meredith girls to open the visiting defence, with Nancy Lynch, Molly Bird and Allie Feboul buzzing in the midfield, keeping a tight rein on the visiting forwards.

Colyer produced one fantastic save, pushing a top corner bound shot to safety, but Clifton eventually broke the home team hearts with a well-taken goal. Clevedon pushed for the equaliser with Holmes and Meredith working hard, but time ran out leaving Clifton with victory.

Redland UWE 3rd XI 0

Clevedon Ladies 2nd XI 1

THIS victory saw Clevedon open clear blue water between them and the chasing pack at the top of Brunel Division 2.

Clevedon struggled with the water-based surface at UWE, but took the lead with a beautiful team goal. Sarah Friend in defence worked the ball through to Ella Davey in midfield, who sent Libby Barzotelli away on the wing and her cross into the middle was picked up by Zoe Patterson. Emma Parfitt acted as a decoy leaving Patterson a clear shot at goal to make it 1-0.

Clevedon, under the guidance of their captain Annie McNamara, had to work hard to maintain their lead, but the team pulled together to run out winners with another great victory in this season’s campaign.


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