Ellingham and Ringwood’s women continued their unbeaten season with an impressive 35-19 bonus point away win at Yeovil on Sunday in National Challenge Division 1 SW.
Due to injuries and a number of availability difficulties it was a depleted fifteen players with no replacements that made the long journey to Somerset, but they put in an impressive effort and eventually won by seven tries to three.
Ellingham started strongly and their prop forward Charlotte West crashed over for two early tries to take the initiative. Yeovil then applied some concerted pressure and were rewarded with a try out wide. Ellingham hit back quickly with a try from flank forward Nina Hoadley (pictured) to give them a 15-5 lead at the break.
Ellingham played some attractive rugby in the second half and their full back Chloe Barrett added a further two tries. Scrum half Rosie Swan added a further try before their centre Maggie Hishon scored the try of the game with a fantastic break from midfield. Yeovil came back strongly with two late converted tries after Ellingham lost Emma Lipsett to a yellow card and Chloe Barrett to injury, but the visitors defence then held firm and they returned home with an important away bonus point win.