Vital victory for Clevedon ladies
PUBLISHED: 14:31 13 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:31 13 March 2013
Clevedon ladies beat Taunton Vale in a bid to escape relegation.
Taunton Vale 2nd XI 2
Clevedon Ladies 1st XI 3
WITH both clubs finding themselves close to the wrong end of the table, this game was the proverbial six pointer.
Taunton Vale immediately went on the offensive putting the Clevedon under pressure, but the holding force of Katie Golding-Ellis, Bethany Friend and Elaine Basterfield maintained composure and cleared the ranks.
Clevedon then came knocking on the Taunton door with a great through ball from the Clevedon captain Lucy Gray to the stick of Ali Davies whose shot tested the Taunton keeper.
With end-to-end hockey, Tauntno got through the defensive line to drive the ball into the Clevedon goal to for the lead. Clevedon regrouped and fought back with good play by Sophie Feboul, Danni Eager and Lizzie Ford led to a goal by Feboul to level the scores at the interval.
After the break, Taunton took the lead once more putting the visitors on the back foot. Clevedon had to dig deep and with midfield composure from Ali Hughes and Liz Lester and runs from Helen Spear down the right managed to find a Taunton foot in the D.
From the short corner, a powerful strike from Gray brought the scores level. Clevedon had the final say when a through ball to Davies saw her cruise round the keeper to slip the ball home giving Clevedon their first double of the season and continuing a rich vein of form.
On Saturday, Clevedon host Redland in their penultimate match, 12noon start at Clevedon School.
Clevedon Ladies 2nd XI 2
Team Bath Buccaneers 2
CLEVEDON ladies had to settle for a disappointing point as a late equaliser cost them some vital points.
Clevedon were quick to start and dominated the midfield with links between Eliza Barzotelli and Claire Bird pushing forward to overload the Bath defence. It didn’t take long for Sandra Slaney to put the ball in the net giving Clevedon the lead.
It looked like Clevedon were going to run away with it when Libby Barzotelli fired the ball into the net from a tight angle.
However, Bath were not done and just before half-time they managed to squeeze one into the corner of the goal from a long corner.
Clevedon still pressurised the opposition with Molly Bird pushing forward and Debbie Hollier creating plenty of chances.
However, Clevedon were punished by the chances they missed when a counter attack left Clevedon with no chance to defend and gifted Bath a goal.
Clevedon pushed forward to try to get the winner and despite tireless running by Zoe Paterson and several close misses, they were unable to convert.
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