SOHC ladies battle well before going down to table-topping Taw Valley

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Taw Valley 2, SOHC 0 Sidmouth and Ottery Ladies were edged out in their game at Barnstaple against the table-toppers.

SOHC began the game with a good tempo to their approach play, whilst defensively they were solid.

However, Taw Valley are not top without very good reason and they were clinical in the way they created, and finished, both their goals.

The opening goal came from a short corner, but rather than feel sorry for themselves, SOHC responded well and there were large periods of positive play as the game switched from end-to-end.

The Taw Valley attack was fleet-footed and created plenty of work Jess Allan, Emily Ackland, Sarah Hutchings, Ellie Marok and Annabelle Clay, together with keeper Hayley Delasalle, to deal with. This was something the back line did well and half-time was reached with that one goal separating the sides.


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After the break the SOHC attack of Nicky Bishop, Jodie Parsons, Sara Roberts, Chrissie Mitchell and Sophie Jackson, began to create chances. They went close a few times before another short corner was ruthlessly netted by the home side.

SOPHC travelled home defeated, but certainly with heads held high for the home team knew at full-time that they had had to work hard for the spoils.

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