Weymouth Ladies 1st XI versus Salisbury 1st XI, Saturday 03/11/2018
A strong performance against top of the league
The Seasiders played host to unbeaten Salisbury 1st XI knowing that beating the visitors to break a string of three defeats would be a tall order, particularly with star goalkeeper Megon Eadon out to injury. Despite being the underdogs, the home side started in positive and determined fashion, moving the ball well and creating a few scoring chances. The Seasiders also defended with discipline and composure, volubly directed by stand-in keeper Alice Craven, for the first twenty minutes of play. Susie Stone’s aerials were second to none and the excellent teamwork of Julia May, Lynsey Melhuish and Anneka Bowles in particular allowed Weymouth to work the ball out from the defence and into midfield. Scoring opportunities were created particularly by the well-timed runs of Jemma Brunnell which meant that she could receive scorching and penetrating long balls, with memorable examples from Casey Foot and Emily Austin.
After being frustrated for the first twenty minutes, Salisbury managed to compile a sustained attack, resulting in three goals in short succession, two from penalty corners and a further from open play. It would have been easy for the home team to lose confidence and focus after such a flurry, but they rallied and got the game back under control, preventing any further goals before the half time whistle.
After a constructive half time discussion, the Seasiders were able to dominate the second half, using their fitness and passing the ball quickly and accurately to spread the Salisbury players and create more space. Reward for the hard work came, when the home side transferred the ball quickly from the defence to a waiting Austin, who powerfully played the ball up the right to Brunnell then followed her pass to receive again and give an excellent cross that was assuredly played over the line by the skilful Amanda Sullivan.
Play continued to be dominated by the Seasiders, but the solid defence of the visiting team prevented a further goal and Weymouth had to be content with knowing that they had scored against a team that had until then not conceded a single one all season. With a run of four losses, the team will be looking to defeat West Wilts when they travel to play them in Warminster on Saturday.