Weymouth travel to West Wilts
Weymouth looking to secure 3 points at this away fixture
The Seasiders travelled to an autumnal Warminster on Saturday, hungry to break a run of close defeats. Their determination showed, as they started in strong and attacking fashion after winning the toss and taking the opening pushback. For the first twenty minutes of the game, Weymouth made numerous attacks and generated pressure in the hosts’ D, with relatively little relief for West Wilts. The first goal came for the Seasiders after Anneka Bowles played a cutting ball through for a well-judged pass by Emily Austin in the centre of the D, to goal-hungry Amanda Sullivan-Harvey who deftly tucked the ball past the goalkeeper to take the lead.
West Wilts responded well and managed to generate a few chances of their own, testing the visitors’ defence but failing to get on the scoreboard before Weymouth could strike again. This time, a penetrating long ball in from Sophie Foot have Austin, waiting at the top of the D, an opportunity to score with only the keeper to beat. Her first strike was saved but she managed to collect the rebound and dribble the ball around the keeper for a goal. West Wilts managed to break through the defence just before half time, with an attack down the right, an unmarked player managed to tuck the ball far post between the keeper and defender. First half ended 1-2, Weymouth looking the dominant side.
Half time saw torrential rain and a downpour of hailstones but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the Weymouth side. Weymouth came out strong and determined to score more goals and secure the 3 points. West Wilts had the push back after half time and managed to inject some pace upfront creating a very early chance and a second goal, with similar execution as their first. The visiting keeper, Eadon, between at the far post once again. With the score level, Weymouth turned up the pressure and with excellent defending from Julia May, Casey Foot and player of the match, Amanda Sullivan-Harvey it was a one-sided second half. Casey Foot continued to have a solid game on the left, with Weymouth’s third goal coming from a long ball from Foot down the left to Austin who picked it up and took it along the baseline. With some clever play Austin committed the keeper but passed the ball to Jemma who slotted it neatly in at the back post. Another excellent show of skill and selfless play from the Weymouth side. In the last 10 minutes West Wilts upped the pressure with a few short corners, but solid defending and clearances from the keeper denied their efforts. Craven picked up a green card in the last 2 minutes and another short corner given, West Wilts could not break through to score.
Final score 2-3, and 3 points for Weymouth. Confidence is building as they face Chippenham 2s at home on Saturday 17th November.
Players: Foot, Austin, Craven, Brunell, Foot, Stone, Stone, Sullivan-Harvey, Eadon, Bowles, Melhuish, Hopps