SOHC ladies get deserved share of the spoils in Winscombe draw

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SOHC Ladies 2, Winscombe 2 On a very cold and wet afternoon, playing the first of a double-header weekend of matches, SOHC were good value for a share of the spoils in their final home game of the campaign.

With a number of the regular players missing coach Gus and captain Jodie Parsons decided it was to be a weekend for the up and coming youngsters to step up and show what they could do!

The game was very evenly matched with play moving from end-to-end for the first quarter.

The visitors opened the scoring with a well-worked short corner. The lead was short-lived as SOHC levelled three minutes later courtesy of a rebounded ball off the goal keeper.

For the remainder of the first half the contrast was one of midfield attrition with both sides looking battle for possession. SOHC produced some crisp passing and excellent movement. Annabel Clay, making her first appearance in the team, played well whilst Sarah Hutchings showed pace that was far too much for the visitors!

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It was Hutchings who often made good ground down the right flank creating much needed space for attack duo Chrissy Mitchell and Maisie Pritchard to work in.

Winscombe applied the pressure early in the second half and were rewarded with another goal.

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They then pressed for a third, but got little change out of SOHC keeper Haley Dellasell busy in goal for most the third quarter of the match. SOHC managed to dig out a second equaliser with a goal from close range.

In the final minute the visitors had a short corner which produced a smart save on the line by defenders Emily Akland and Dellasell to ensure their side got something from the game for the valiant efforts.

The following day the SOHC ladies travelled to Shepton Mallet to play a match that had previously been postponed in January.

The team was made up of a mix of ladies from both the first and second squads.

Coach Gus was delighted that so many of the players made themselves available for a second game of the weekend.

In what turned out to be a very physical encounter the home side won 4-1.

With one game left in the season the ladies first squad play Taunton Vale III away this weekend with a 1.30pm start.

The second squad play their last game at Sidmouth college against Dartmouth at noon.

As always support for the teams will be gratefully received.

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