Weakened Nailsea wilt against the league leaders

PUBLISHED: 14:41 18 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:41 18 March 2015

Eva Jarvis and Alice Hill.

Eva Jarvis and Alice Hill.

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Nailsea ladies faced league leaders Mid Somerset with a weakened side.

Nailsea Ladies 1st XI 1

Mid Somerset 9

NAILSEA had to face the league leaders with key players missing and a mixed side.

They all played well and held firm in the first-half, keeping the score to 1-3. Good passing up the lines and control in midfield were key points of this half, as was the excellent keeping by Bernie Forge and strong solid tackling in defence.

Mid Somerset took the lead, but Nailsea levelled when a strong run through midfield by Helen Harrington drew the defence out. A slick pass to Jen Roach left Ali Hill free to convert her pass.

Mid Somerset used their substitutes wisely, while Nailsea had to rely on the bare 11 to get them through. They continued to work hard and kept the effort up, but the well-drilled Mid Somerset side exposed cracks in the tiring Nailsea side.

Player of the match Helen Harrington kept up a high level of work, both in attack and defence. She was supported by the lively Hannah Barrett, but Nailsea were unable to contain the high-flying visitors.

Jaspers 5

Nailsea 2nd XI 2

THIS was a tough battle for Nailsea, having lost key players to a depleted first team.

Jaspers started strongly, but it was Nailsea who took the lead, the result of good positioning and simple play. Cath Hole picked up the ball and headed to the top of the D, where she found Eva Jarvis, who converted cleanly.

In defence, Molly Chidzey and Danni Douel held up Jaspers attack with solid tackling and good clearances. While Alice Hill and Eva Jarvis kept the width and held firm against a physical side.

Jaspers depth of substitutes continually gave them fresh legs, while Nailsea, with the bare 11, picked up several niggling injuries, not least a bruising tackle on Hole which floored her heavily just outside the top of the D.

Jaspers began to find the net more regularly, while their keeper had an outstanding game deflecting the many shots Nailsea and Hole in particular, had on target.

Nailsea reduced the arrears when Hole carved herself space to run at goal, a slight hesitation drew the keeper out and she slipped through to Hill, who converted cleanly.

Douel continued to defend solidly and cleared confidently with some big hitting, giving her a share of the player of the match award with Eva Jarvis.

With Nailsea having the greater number of shots on target, the result of this game does not reflect the enormous effort made by the Nailsea players.


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